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Mary Rusak
Art Apprenticeship Network, 2020


Mary Rusak is a Canadian-born emerging artist who works mainly within a photography and printmaking practice. She attended Haliburton School of the Arts in 2014 to study drawing and painting and continued on to Emily Carr University, majoring in photography and minoring in social practice and community engagement. She has participated in various community art projects such as Landmarks 2017 and working with Border Free Bees on the project Bumble Baskets. Mary’s practice is environmentally focused and oftenexplores the intersections between art and science. Her concepts revolve around the relationship between humans and non-humans, specifically plant life. She pursues sustainability and plant repurposing in her work. Projects have included using plant dye in alternative photography and finding ways to have a photographic practice leaves the smallest carbon footprint.