Mary Carothers

Beneath The Surface

Artist Mary Carothers’ project concept is based on door knobs as symbols of home and community. Using clay and iron, materials tied to Louisville’s industrial history, she relates sculptural form to historic and present day riverfront communities.

“My artwork is geared toward reflecting stories and beliefs. I am interested in how legends originate and how landscapes hold both official and unofficial history. Stories of the collective community and stories of individuals are the driving forces behind the physicality of my work. I ask my audiences to remember as well as reconsider what they think they know.”

“The sculptural topography mimics the quality of river grass and aims to honor the many individual lives that have been overlooked or largely forgotten. Each sculpture stands to represent an individual story, the thousands together form a mass to represent a community.”  

Photograph Courtesy of Kenneth Hayden ©2015