Mary Lynn studied both fine art and linguistics at the University of Saskatchewan, drawing on this background when she went on to pursue an education in craft at NSCAD University, where she earned a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing in 2012. Her full-time studio practice integrates her passion for art and her fascination with linguistics.
Mary Lynn has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. After graduating, she won the Canadian National Jewellery Student Competition (Ottawa, ON) and was the Saskatchewan representative in the exhibition The Canadian Mosaic of Metal (Toronto, ON). She has had work juried into the last three biennial Dimensions exhibitions hosted by the Saskatchewan Craft Council, in which she received awards for excellence in fine craft and functional ware. In 2015, Mary Lynn won a professional NICHE Award (Washington, DC) in the wedding jewellery category with her engagement ring ‘Infinite’, and she was selected as a finalist for the same category in 2016. She won in the teapot category in 2013 as a student with her piece ‘Metalanguage’, which now resides in the world's largest teapot collection, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, which acquired the piece during SOFA Chicago in 2015. Her work can also be found in the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Permanent Collection and the estate of Carrie Fisher.
Viewing natural objects through perspectives of speech and sound, I create conceptual jewellery and holloware that is sensual and graceful. My work alludes to aspects of language through anatomical and organic forms, linguistic textures and acoustic representations, exploring the relationship between communication and artistic interpretation. Elements of surprise are introduced in the pieces I create, their presence inviting the viewer to investigate the work closely. Appealing colour and texture catch the eye, but expectations are challenged upon closer inspection as details reveal themselves.
I bring a foundation of traditional goldsmithing to a contemporary space by exploring alternative materials and techniques which I have adapted and refined through continuous self-directed experimentation. Precious metals, gemstones and resilient yet glass-like resin and silicone come together to create an interplay of light and colour between lustrous surfaces and vibrant transparency. The result is sculptural, expressive work that speaks to the viewer, whether on the body or on display.