Moss Invaders

When the stress of the city gets to be too much for me, I find myself searching for the nearest clump of woods or body of water. I have always had a creepy love for lichen and moss, and I gathered a bushel of moss in the woods surrounding Chicago, IL. Utilizing this living material, I grabbed the closet thing I could find... paintings. I placed the moss on the back of the paintings and let nature do the rest of the work. The moss has attached itself to the canvas, and together they create an immersion of man-made and nature. However, this artwork is designed to last as long as the moss will decompose, as nature will always return back to its original state of dirt and death.

Mariah Howington
Moss Invaders
Moss and dirt on canvas
Chicago, IL
2016

 

Fumee Lucide

The video, Fumee Lucide was created so the viewer can have a moment of peace and meditation while observing the landscape-like background and smoke in the foreground billow and move effortlessly across the picture plane. The audio is Tibetan Monks throat singing and is guttural style of singing or chanting and is one of the world's oldest forms of music. The light from the projector, which is playing a kaleidoscope video, is manipulated from items such as a glass candle stick, multi-faceted glass objects, and the artist herself to create sunsets that move and blend into an ethereal fantasy.

Mariah Howington
Fumee Lucide
Epson projector, incense smoke
Open Studios, Alexander Hall (SCAD), Savannah GA
2015

 

Growing in the Nebula

Growing in the Nebula is an installation that was intended to inspire, and transport the viewer in to a fantastical universe. Howington's love of botany, space, and craftsmanship is evident throughout this artwork. The geometric shapes of the plant holders, which are a square, symbolize hearths, homes, matter and materialistic concepts. In the Chinese culture, the square represents the earth. The triangles formed from the string of the plant holders contain themes of magic, wonder and creativity. Triangles that are upright are considered a masculine shape. This, among other complexities is where the triangle symbol meaning of creation/creativity is stemmed. Each side and corner sings out a melody, and their combination in form creates a marvelous harmonic orchestration.

Mariah Howington
Growing in the Nebula
Shutters, wooden boxes, terrariums, string, spray paint
Alexander Hall, (SCAD), Savannah, GA
2014