Mary Riley

“I cling to a tactile experience where words remain vital, but images, marks and symbols have a profound significance”.

Sometimes Mary’s practice responds to the outside world, but sometimes it is a reflection of a much more personal journey. She has been working on her ‘altered books’ for the last seven years, and they exist as a membrane between the inner and outer worlds. Mary uses abandoned books, thrown aside as a consequence of the technological revolution. These books retain their essence but in being altered become much more; holding a new meaning for each new viewer.

Mary’s adult working life has been largely within Mental Health in the NHS, working for a number of years as an Art Therapist. She is also a regular participant in community arts projects and a practicing artist. Mary is a member of Reading Space Studios and a long time contributor to Reading’s Art Forum.