Mary Lang is an artist who attempts to communicate the intangible energy animating the visible world by aiming her camera at ordinary forms of landscape and space. She received an MFA in photography from Pratt Institute and has taught at Bunker Hill Community College, New England School of Art & Design, UMass Lowell, MIddlesex Community College and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. She is a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston, where in the past twelve years she has mounted several well-received one-person shows. She was selected for the 2004 DeCordova Annual exhibition. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Fogg Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Spencer Museum and the Smith College Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections. Until two years ago, she still used film and has worked in both black and white and color, in 35mm, using a Leica M4 for the black and white and a Nikon F for the color. Now she uses a Lumix 5 and is learning to use Photoshop.
Increasingly, her work is informed by her more than 35 years of Buddhist meditation practice. “Bringing the two strands of my path together, the art and the meditation, has been both liberating and intimidating. I cannot say that my work is informed by Buddhist understanding if I don’t have the practice to ground it. Also, the way I experience the world needs to be described photographically in a way that allows the viewer to experience phenomena without feeling manipulated. In the end, the view of the artist and the practitioner both arise from the same unconditioned perception of the world as a basically sacred place.”
Mary Lang was born in Evanston, Illinois and attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She currently lives in Auburndale, Mass and is married with two children.