Mary Claire Becker

Mary Claire Becker is an MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Iowa and is also working towards a Certificate of Book Arts at the UI Center for the Book. She obtained her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2012. She has spent time at Asheville Bookworks and Penland School of Crafts, and she has served as a volunteer print shop technician at UNCA in Asheville NC.

Mary Claire’s work is inspired by ecology and merges decorative ornamentation with the complexity of scientific illustration. Her compositions question our accepted definitions of nature by exploring the boundary between decorative and wild. She sees each impression as a building block for larger compositional structures, and uses printmaking as an element in relief sculptures, artist books, and stop-motion animations.

Mary can also be found on Etsy:

“Artists and scientists are both asking questions about the world, they’re just doing it in different ways”
Alex Braidwood
Director, Iowa Lakeside Lab Artists-in-Residence Program
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