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“First of all I work on making the face. Then I start making the eyes, the eyes are perfect. I start with big, long material. Being an artist is drawing on the material. It depends on where I start and what I do. I enjoy detail in my work, I enjoy embroidery. Sometimes I do the daisy flowers, my mother likes the forget-me-nots, they’re the best I ever did. They’ll see how good she did and how it turned out. I want to let them know how it is and how it turned out to be; neat and beautiful. Focusing on what I do, my work is very interesting. I do it for myself; I can really enjoy my work, to be proud. When I get finished with it, everyone will see a difference. How it was harder to do, how I am grateful.”

Mary DeCesar, born 1950, has been a dedicated Gateway artist since joining the program in 2005. She creates beautiful self-portraits, often in the form of meticulously constructed embroideries. DeCesar’s fiber works vary in size and inspiration, ranging from small daisies to large self portraits. She places the same care and attention to her 2D works on paper and canvas; her application of paint and pencil mimic the repetitive nature and focus displayed in her embroideries. Her intricately detailed works of art are admired by many and she gets a true sense of fulfillment in defining herself as an artist.

DeCesar has exhibited her artwork in Massachusetts at The Gateway Gallery, the Boston Children’s Museum, Drive- By Projects, the Water Works Museum,the Fuller Craft Museum, and Barneys NY.

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