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Tension of Opposites

This series of four paintings were done to honour my friend Bill Mountain who died in September, 2012. They take excerpts from his journals and in some cases “doodles”.

We were both very interested in Jungian psychology including the idea of a “tension of opposites”.

Here’s an ekphrastic poem by my friend Franci Louann, written when these pieces were first shown. Now they’ll be at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver from November 12 through mid-December, 2013. They’re in the Fireside Room.


four small abstracts in blue—by Mary Bennett (2011)

mixed media magnetic poetry on wood panel each 6” x 6”

Transformation Complex, Naked

regeneration transformation different

(his words, his fine hand)

an abstract black star

eight lines do not

intersect perfectly


Slightly Askew Ironic, Metamorphic

here I am picture on the wall

still looks like it’s hanging slightly askew

(his words, his journal)

a yellow (safety?) net

forms on the right side


Not Right! Wrong! Good, Bad

no! not right (his words, so many times)

a multi-coloured net at the bottom

two black sign posts

messages not visible

a snow-capped Mountain


Ready For It Explicit, Illusionary

daily ready weekly varied

sago? (his words, more mysterious)


a gauze funnel

welcomes wisdom


I press against the display case, read small words…

the soft blue backgrounds comfort…

I see his blue eyes…

mine fill with tears…

Franci Louann February 24, 2012


art show by Mary Bennett and Louise Bunn in the Amelia Douglas Gallery

4th floor, Douglas College, February 23—April 6, 2012

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Bird Nests

In the past year or so I’ve done 25 completed paintings for a show at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and along the way made various sketches and cards. This is one of 12 I made for Papergirl Vancouver 21012 – I gave some to friends and some to Papergirl.

These sketches were my first efforts at integrating Keith Wilkinson’s micro poetry into nest art. (I’m rather fond of this one, so I kept it.)



I led a community-engaged eco-arts project through the Community Arts Council  of Vancouver at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House in August, 2011, called “Flying the Nest; Feathering the Nest.”

We made some nests at the Roundhouse during an Eco-Arts Salon.





These are done on watercolour paper with mixed media (dictionary pages) and acrylic paint and acrylic ink.


07-Mary Bennett-Keith Wilkinson