We are very pleased to be hosting an exhibition of alumna Mary Jose’s (Geography, 1957) paintings in College for the duration of Michaelmas Term.
They have been selected from her ‘Desert Series’, which consists of 50 oils painted between 2011 and 2014. Each painting is inspired by a poem that was itself inspired by the desert.
Mary wrote of the exhibition: “I love the desert. I love it for its beauty; for its space, both physical and spiritual; for its light and forms which speak so strongly to me as an artist and for the seeming contradictions of its silence and its excitement. I have lived in and painted many of the desert countries of the world. To recall this period in my life I turned to poetry and found a thrilling treasure house of expression. Gradually the beautiful words, with the visions and emotions they depict, fused with my own feelings and a series of paintings emerged.”