Mary Kocol

Aspects of travel, the ocean, and floral gardens inform Mary Kocol’s photography practice. To depict her radiant images as permanent art objects, she first collects flowers from family and loved ones, freezes them in ice, and photographs them in sunlight, shimmering and fixed in time. According to Kocol, “While the water freezes, the plants inside drift and float before stopping in place. I do not know what the final result will look like until the sculpture is held up to sunlight. Then unexpected details are revealed, often accompanied by the scent of the flowers, roses especially, permeating through the ice block.”