So I’ve Been Told
We put so much energy into documenting our friends, we take pictures of them, we follow what they do, and their stories are more interesting than any banal afternoon television show. People are more interesting than they give themselves credit for. In So I’ve Been Told Hardy narrates their stories, drawing their asides, their inside jokes, cautionary tales, secrets, lies, and recipes. Through ink drawings, screen-printing, paintings, and embroidery she creates imagery from her imagination and immediate surroundings.
Maryanna Hardy is originally from Saskatchewan, and she is currently calling Toronto her home base. Maryanna has worked as an artist, illustrator and screenprinter. She has published her work nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo show was held at 107 Shaw Gallery in Toronto. She has designed gig posters, created several chapbooks of her drawings, built and ran a screen – printing shop in Montreal, and has created public murals in Montreal and Toronto. She has worked on visual arts collaborations such as the YPF Collective’s large scale installation at the Osheaga International Music Festival in Montreal the last two years. Maryanna published a 96 page book her drawings with Conundrum Press in the fall of 2010, it is called So I’ve Been Told it is her first book.