Are We Laughing Yet?

Completed: 2021
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Acrylic Dura Lar on cradled panel.


These pieces evolve over time. I paint on polyester film, cut out shapes, and then re-arrange them. The final interaction with the “objects” shape, is spontaneous and collaborative. Working this way, gives me the chance to be responsive to the random things that happen, to tap into my internal rhythms and way of being.

36 x 48 x 3 inches

Acrylic,Dura Lar, Cradled Panel



Cedar Rapids, IA

Mary Zeran grew up in a family of women artists. Sculpture and painting were their visual language. Abstracted shapes and forms were their words. Each time Zeran picks up a brush or scissors, she immerses herself in the language of her family. Zeran has exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Seattle, Kansas City, and Chang Mai, Thailand. She has been reviewed in The Art Examiner, Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Artweek. Museum permanent collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, and Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Mary Zeran was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1964. She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from University of Iowa. She lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Artist Statement

There’s a weight in the slog to keeping afloat at times. I structure my world around a system of patterns and habits to create a psychological ecosystem that allows me to transcend my insecurities, and doubts.

So how does one stay afloat? For me, it’s spending time in nature marveling at the wonder. It’s talking and walking with my husband and dogs.

Art making is where I AM exactly in the moment- my mental location. The paintings are my conscious effort to place myself in blissful distraction. Balance. I am a participant in the collaboration with the material and my atmosphere is airy within dense and transparent layers, focusing on interactions with friends and family.

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