This work is an homage to Milkweed pods and the magic of rebirth contained within their seeds. In this composition, the purposeful choice of materials stems from the choice of subject. The artist's work frequently depicts sylvan, otherworldly landscapes and renderings of flora and fauna. Hermansader’s unique style of painting employs a variety of materials that evoke the natural world—including thread, collage, fabric, paint and colored pencil. The artist's works are deeply personal reflections on the world around her, whether they depict relationships with nature or other people.
Marcy Hermansader’s mixed-media work alternates between an inward exploration and an engagement with issues in the larger world—such as war, industrial accidents and the experiences of people with disabilities. The artist’s unique painting style employs a variety of materials that evoke the natural world, including thread, collage, fabric, paint and colored pencil. Hermansader’s purposeful choice of materials grows out of the subjects of her work, which are often sylvan, otherworldly landscapes and renderings of flora and fauna.
Marcy Hermansader was born in Glen Cove, New York in 1951. The artist received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in Pennsylvania, where she studied with Cynthia Carlson, Ree Morton and Rafael Ferrer.
Solo exhibitions of Hermansader’s work have taken place at: the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Hermansader’s work include: Interfaces: Outsider Art and the Mainstream at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Drawn Page at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Curator’s Choice at the Bronx Museum in the Bronx, New York.
Hermansader’s work is held in the permanent collections of various museums, including: the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania; Bowdoin College Museum in Brunswick, Maine; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Hermansader lives and works in Vermont.