Mary Ann Strandell is known for her lush paintings and innovative 3D lenticular media. Her work examines the intersection of nature and technology. Strandell’s ability to synthesize the past with the future and create a new dialogue between art history, technology, science, nature, and architecture, makes her artwork unique, original, and unforgettable. Her imagery originates in the urban landscape, nature and with historic museum objects. Works that begin as singular paintings evolve into lenticular’s complex montage-system, translating hand drawn images into multi-layered, optical fabrications.
In addition, there are singular works in painting, such as a close-up of a magnolia blossom or tulip, framed tightly, as an exuberant expression of spring. The paintings often re-appear in Strandell’s lenticular’s as disassembled and layered components that support, enrich, and continue the visual conversation.
Selected public collections include the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; DiRosa Foundation, Napa, CA; Fidelity Inc., London, UK; Albuquerque Museum,NM; Hallmark Collection, Kansas City, MO; Stowers Medical Research, Kansas City, MO, Polsinelli Law Firm, Kansas City, MO and many others.
In 2020-21 Mary Ann Strandell was one of 10 artists commissioned by UBER Corporation, San Francisco, CA for a site-specific work. The same year she was one of 4 artists commissioned by Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO for a twenty-seven-foot site-specific 3D Lenticular Media artwork.
Writing on her work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Art Critical, Art Papers, Art Slant, The Kansas City Star, The Albuquerque Tribune, White Hot Magazine, and Artes Magazine NY.