I share impressions of places from personal travel through fractured landscapes. Navigating unfamiliar environments allows us to become more attentive to the essence of a place. This can include the way we observe nature, interact with others, or simply the gait of one’s walk. Using travel as a conduit, each piece highlights aspects of the landscape using multiple horizons to capture the surrounding atmosphere. The work shares my experiences of distinct awareness to evoke within viewers a new way of seeing their world.

I generate prints and drawings from images gathered from travel that best capture the essence of a particular place. Images are overlaid on top of one another to create new narratives and enforce the spirit of exploration. In so doing, the artwork brings a new awareness and appreciation for the way in which we experience our world.

Mary Michelle Baghdady

Artist working in Honolulu, Hawaii

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During her time at Clemson, Mary Michelle Baghdady has worked for three years as a Graphic Design Assistant for Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, as well as interned for the Lee Gallery during which she curated and managed a show for Clemson President Emeritus James F. Barker. In 2016 she married Joshua Baghdady of Chapin, SC. Over the summer of 2017, she worked as an Intern Coordinator for the Watt Family Innovation Center, the Visual Display Intern for Anthropologie, and an Instructor of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). She has been awarded two departmental scholarships for self-guided research at Tucson, Arizona’s Kitt Peak National Observatory and a two-week bookmaking class at Penland School of Crafts and has presented work in Artisphere of Greenville, Spartanburg County Library, and the 2017 Small Works Exhibit in Key West. When not working, she enjoys traveling and has visited Bermuda, Dallas, San Francisco, Key West, and Alaska in just the past year and a half. After graduating, Mary moved to Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband where she has become involved in the local film community and works full time as a graphic designer.