Mary Jane Pories

I invite you to share the journey with me  as I post new pieces in preparation for the show.

Last Apartment

As individuals and as a society, we all lose when we assume our elders have little or nothing to offer us.

In a culture which values youth over years, rather than engaging with our elders, we reduce them to their needs for our convenience.


We pack away their treasures and their treasure. We store them for easy maintenance and speed on with our own pursuits.


Beyond individual relationships, the outward more obvious systemic injustices include consistent cuts to Social Security and Medicare, widespread poverty, chemical contraints and wrenching isolation. 

This installation, Last Apartment, was on exhibit at ArtPrize 2018 and is the anchor piece in preparation for a show. 

Last Apartment illuminates my conflicting feelings over my mother's move from independence in her last apartment to an early dementia facility. The paintings express my admiration for her indomitable spirit, endless energy and sometimes reckless pursuit of her dreams. The contrasting generic floor plan highlights her frustration at being confined by limitations, both real and imagined.

Last Apartment reveals my discovery of a woman beyond my mother whose inspiring brilliance and passion I found hidden in the heart of her small cookie-cutter apartment.