Mary King: Curious Home and Soap is a Noun

Opening: Saturday, Mar 26, 2022 6 – 8 pm
Saturday, Mar 26 – Apr 30, 2022

201 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608

Mary King: Curious Home and Soap Is A Noun

The Sacristy Gallery

March 26, 2022 to April 30, 2022

RSVP to attend the free opening reception.


In Curious Home and Soap is a Noun, Chicago artist Mary King presents two new bodies of work. Curious Home consists of small sculptures that could be doll houses or buildings partially destroyed from a disaster, whether it be weather or war. Nothing is for sure here. These sculptures look cute but hint at danger. They are made of paper and polymer mediums. Watercolor pieces are painted separately, cut out and adhered. Sometimes papier mâché figures or small toys are displayed with the sculptures.

Soap is a Noun consists of small paintings that play with words: words that are both a noun and a verb or that can be read forwards and backwards. The paintings are hung unframed or mounted on corrugated plastic and displayed on a small shelf

With Curious Home and Soap is a Noun, King offers an antidote to the extreme and intense opinions and the mean tweets that are so popular in today’s culture. They add some levity to our situation and we don’t know quite where we stand.

Register below to attend the free reception for Curious Home and Soap Is A Noun on March 26 at 6 pm. 



About Mary King

Mary King organizes her life around art: making, looking, reading, thinking, discussing. She believes in supporting other artists and that art makes the world a better place. King’s solo exhibitions in Chicago include Governors State University, The Center on Halsted, Woman Made Gallery, Artemesia, and The Hyde Park Art Center. Her most recent Chicago solo exhibition was at 65 Grand. She has also exhibited her work in 4 solo shows at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York. The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune have reviewed her work. King had artist residencies at Kimmel Nelson Harding in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. She holds a BFA from The University of Chicago and a MA from Western Michigan University. Her studio is in Kenwood in Chicago.