1xRUN Thru Interview
Drop the Love Bomb by Mary Williams
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about these pieces.
Mary Williams: I had some ‘romantic’ paper pieces that I thought I would use for some of my ironic feminist works, but then I got inspired by these tiny grenade-shaped erasers I have in my studio. I thought they would make a pretty mean valentine. And after I made the love bomb I saw some doilies in a store and I had to make another valentine.
1xRUN: What materials were used to create these pieces?
Mary Williams: I layered craft papers, some of which I drew on with graphite and white pen.
1xRUN: When were this pieces created?
Mary Williams: In January of 2013, so they are very fresh!
1xRUN: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Mary Williams: They come with their own blank valentines that I made! Ladies love handmade stuff!
1xRUN: Tell us a bit about how the idea and execution for these pieces came about?
Mary Williams: I had the little piece of white paper with the nice scalloped edge and I wondered, what can I draw on this that will have a big impact? It all came together after that.
1xRUN: How long did this they take?
Mary Williams: That doily one took long enough!
1xRUN: What is unique about these pieces?
Mary Williams: They both combine the sweetness of beginning love and the serious business of a long term relationship. I am good at combining the sweet with the scary.
1xRUN: Why should people buy these pieces?
Mary Williams: Because you can say, “honey, I got you the lovebomb for valentine’s day”.
1xRUN: Describe both these pieces in one gut reaction word.
Mary Williams: Romantic/Lunatic
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about what Valentines Day means to you?
Mary Williams: Ever since I saw a gruesome renaissance painting of St. Valentine at his beheading in art history, I have had reverence for this holiday. And there is an abundance of chocolate. Who doesn’t like that?