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Mefore Aday

Mixed Media Artist, aka Mary Aday
b. Tupelo, Mississippi 1985  

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     I am inspired by the Abstract Expressionists and the Surrealists and their search into the depths of the unconscious mind. My Artwork is largely influenced by memories from my childhood.

     I am the oldest and only girl in a family of all boys in rural North Mississippi. Both my parents have a lot of siblings, 21 in total, so I have a copious amount of cousins.  The Aday family is large, loud, under educated, mostly unemployed, and serves as a wealth of inspiration for me.

    During my freshman year at Memphis College of Art I discovered my passion for clay. I studied Ceramics with an emphasis in hand building and sculptural techniques.  I was always searching for my unique voice using the figure as my favorite subject.  

    In 2005, I transferred to Portland, Oregon and studied at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Supporting myself through college with jobs like an artist assistant and teaching assistant has also helped me hone my sculpting, mold-making skills, and production skills.

 When I met my now husband, he inspired me to go down the traveler’s path.  We left the city together with almost nothing, to hitch-hike 7,000 miles all over the U.S and Mexico. We eventually returned to Oregon and I readily settled back into a rural existence for ten years, where I made my home and studio in the majestic small beach town of Pacific City, Oregon. 

        My husband’s recent job change has brought us to White Salmon, WA.