Mary L. Proctor

American (b. 1960)

Dancing On The Street Pave In Gold

1996

Mixed media with found objects on wooden door

Gift of Donna and Thomas Brumfield, Jr.

2007.32.9

Proctor ran a flea market in Tallahassee before a family tragedy plunged her into spiritual turmoil.  She received a calling to paint on a door lying around the yard and has since created art with a mission. Proctor’s impetus is visionary and spiritual in nature, often inspired by her Christian beliefs. As the philosopher Arthur Danto has suggested, self-taught contemporary artists are “artworlds unto themselves,” and Proctor’s idea of the afterlife and Paradise is individualistic and lively, as well as spiritual. She richly transforms a simple door, painting it and encrusting it with photographs and found objects. In Proctor’s heaven, she will be reunited with her beloved grandmother, driving the cart at right. 

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