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Quite Contrary Press
Unique sculptures and small edition multiples by Mary V. Marsh and Tony Bellaver, made in Oakland individually and collaboratively.

Responsive and proactive, we present a synthesis of two approaches of understanding the human environment and the natural environment. We stand apart as voyeurs, responding to what we see, and at the same time are active contributors. As a team, we put ourselves in the natural environment somewhere between viewer and participant. In our studio, Quite Contrary Press has become the expression of that experimentation, like a foundry using ideas and experience to craft words, images and objects, collaboratively and individually.

Journals and diaries provide the source for projects and research. Patterns of daily activities and observations are recorded. Maps, drawings, photographs and objects collected are incorporated in a layered story of our journeys to create texture and meaning in our diary-like works. Notes and ideas are synthesized with images into prints, artist’s books and assemblages.

lake of the fallen moon
book sculpture
2015
lake of the fallen moon
book sculpture
2015
lake of the fallen moon
book sculpture
2015
Endobiotic Symbiosis
book sculpture
2015
Along the Silver Trail
mixed media
2011
Along the Silver Trail
mixed media
2011
Along the Silver Trail
mixed media
2011
Above and Below
mixed media
2011
Above and Below
mixed media
2011
Forbidden lake
mixed media
2010
tb 2
book sculpture
22x11x11
2010
side 2
book sculpture
11x48x4
2010
side1
book sculpture
11x48x4
2010
sky over JMT
book sculpture
11x60x5
2011
Sky over JMT
book sculpture
2010
Cinder Cone
book sculpture
2010
Cinder Cone
Book sculpture
8.5x11x4
2010
solitude and solstice
book sculpture
8.5x11.5x4
2011
solitude and solstice
book sculpture
8.5x11.5x4
2011