Mary-Jo Lough’s work is a form of self-portraiture. Energetic, bold, and intricately detailed, it is the visual language of her interior world. The challenge of harnessing chaos is at the core of Mary-Jo’s process and mirrors her experience as a neurodivergent individual. While painting in her Calgary-based studio she lays down her “mask”, relinquishes control, and allows her impulses and intuition free rein. Through her work, Mary-Jo extends an invitation for the viewer to join her in navigating the world through an ADHD lens. By sharing her experiences, she aims to normalize neurodiversity and contribute to a more inclusive and accepting society.
Inspired by intense extremes, I purposefully integrate contrast into my work through color, value, mark-making, and shapes. This adds depth and serves as a storytelling tool, creating a multisensory experience that personifies the vibrant energy and tension in the convergence of diverse elements.