Josephson - Sister My Sister

Sister My Sister

2018

oil and plate glass mirror on wood

48 x 96 inches

Josephson - Send Me A Postcard From Everywhere

Send Me A Postcard From Everywhere

2018

oil on wood

53 x 58 inches

Josephson - The Real World

The Real World

2018

oil and plate glass mirror on wood

58 x 53 inches

Josephson - Mornings are the Tender Time

The Mornings Are the Tender Time

2018

oil on wood

54 x 43 inches

Josephson - With Dreams of Their Own

With Dreams Of Their Own

2018

oil on wood

51 x 40 inches

Josephson - She Looked Us Both Directly In the Eyes

She Looked Us Both Directly In The Eyes

2018

oil on wood

33 x 44 inches

Josephson - Girl With White Hat

Girl With White Hat

2018

oil on canvas

40 x 28 inches

Josephson - If The Heart Has A Face

If The Heart Has A Face

2018

oil on wood

36.5 x 28.5 inches

Josephson - My Scars are My Tattoos

My Scars Are My Tattoos

2018

plate glass mirror and glass on mirror

34 x 26 inches

Josephson - Familiar Things

Familiar Things

2018

ceramic tile on wood

30 x 30 inches

Josephson - Flora

Flora

2018

ceramic tile on wood

30 x 30 inches

Josephson - What Does a Girl Know of Love

What Does A Girl Know Of Love

2018

oil on wood

27 x 27 inches

Josephson - This is no Ordinary Flower

This Is No Ordinary Flower

2018

oil on board

28 x 22 inches

Josephson - From Daybreak to Twilight

From Daybreak To Twilight

2018

mosaic glass and plate glass mirror on mirror

32 x 19.5 inches

Josephson - Not a Word to Anyone

Not A Word To Anyone

2018

glass beads on tapestry

14 x 14 inches

Josephson - It Cannot Be True

It Cannot Be True

2018

glass beads on tapestry

14 x 14 inches

Josephson - You Wrote That you Met Somebody

You Wrote That You Met Somebody

2018

oil on wood

20.5 x 16.5 inches

Josephson - I'd Undo All My Mistakes

I'd Undo All My Mistakes

2018

oil on wood

21 x 17.5 inches

Josephson - All Engaged in Dares and Contests

All Engaged In Dares and Contests

2018

oil on wood

13 x 23 inches

Josephson - I've Had My Disappointments

I've had My Disappointments

2018

oil on wood

28 x 22 inches

Josephson - Respect

Respect

2018

glass beads and embroidery on tapestry

17.5 x 15 inches

Press Release

This month, we present My Scars Are My Tattoos by Portland artist Mary Josephson. Josephson paints community: people of all ages, genders, and colors, with the vibrancy and flair of a folk artist. While she started her career as a painter, Josephson has added embroidery on tapestry and mosaic with mirror and glass into her image making. This exhibition, as have many before, features a portrait of her daughter, and it is this portrait that lends itself to the show title. As a teenager, her daughter wanted a tattoo. Josephson told her that just living would mark her body, that life with its cuts and bruises and marks from the sun are like one big tattoo and that, embellishments are not needed as “nothing is as beautiful as what is already there.” That embracing and inclusive attitude runs through all of Mary Josephson’s work.

Josephson is known for her expressive imagery of people and animals in the urban and natural world. She explores ideas related to the world of perception and experience: ideas, dreams, and secrets exposed through the use of shadow, filtered light, or a far- away glance. Through bold paintings, glass tile mosaics, and embroidery, Josephson delights in a range of people and experience that evoke the rich fabric of human life.