Collection Focus: Mary Giles at RAM
With a cabinetmaker father and a mother who knitted, quilted, and did Scandinavian decorative painting known as rosemaling, Mary Giles (1944–2018) seemed destined to work creatively with her hands. Revered for her willingness to push the boundaries of form and concept, Giles made objects throughout her career that reflected her interest in materials and traditional basketmaking techniques. While RAM has been acquiring Gile's work since the early 2000s through gifts from donors, Collection Focus: Mary Giles is the first time these pieces have been brought together in a single gallery.
This full-color, 16-page exhibition catalogue features essays on the significance of Mary Giles' work along with representative images from the museum's permanent collection.
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