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MaryBeth Drake

My work explores making something out of nothing. I enjoy creating creatures, monsters, masks, and funny little people inspired by weird dreams and my vivid imagination. An African Art appraiser once said that my art is "between worlds". My primary medium is papier-mâché because it is inexpensive, one can build just about anything with it, and it is incredibly strong. I prefer combining papier-mâché with recycled and natural materials. Although I began as an art major at Greensboro College and studied art at Hollins University where I completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, I am mostly self-taught. The opportunity to show my work at The Nelson Gallery pushes me to refine my techniques and expand my body of work.

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