Mary is a visual artist working within the fields of sculpture, drawing and installation. Her practice examines the relationship between B O D Y and W A T E R. She lives and works in Falmouth, Cornwall where life is deeply embedded in the transitory spaces of the shoreline. Regular sea swimming and pilot gig rowing fuel a fixation with water that seeps through to her visual practice. With an embodied approach to process, Mary’s work considers how the materiality of water can describe how we, as bodies, are connected to our environments and each other. 

Mary makes objects that in some way evoke the body. She seems drawn to grotty and physically degenerate materials as they seem to define a collapse of something that was too perfect to be truly honest. These ‘grotty’ materials are often fused with lurid synthetic ones to expose their inert sincerity. Part of the process is to carry, hold, and care for objects she has formed to the point of collapse. These victims of the malfunction of (over)care are then crudely wrapped, protected, or stitched back together in an alarming attempt at nurture.


Mary Trapp

b. 1979 Cheltenham, UK

Lives and works in Falmouth, UK


2018 MA Fine Art, Plymouth College of Art

2017 Porthmeor Programme, St Ives School of Painting

2011 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Falmouth University

2006 Foundation Diploma Art and Design, Bristol School of Art


2020 Summer Group Show, Grays Wharf, Penryn

2019 After ISLAND, RIBA North, Liverpool

2019 After Venice, Project Space 2, Plymouth College of Art

2018 THE TEN, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

2018 Edges of Water, The Poly, Falmouth

2018 Stingy Drab Rubble, Regent Street Warehouse PCA, Plymouth

2018 Boys – Buoys – Beuys, Project Space 1, Plymouth College of Art

2017 She Swallowed the Whole of the Sea, performance at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives

2017 Buoys and Girls, Plymouth Art Weekender, Plymouth School of Creative Arts

2017 Porthmeor Programme Group Show, Penwith Gallery, St Ives

2017, 2016, & 2015, Volunteers Exhibition, The Exchange, Penzance

2016 Sanitise (Bleach my Bones), The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol

2016 The Sloop Summer Show, St Ives

2015 Drawn, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2011, 2010, Red Dot, & Red Dot 2, The Poly, Falmouth

Awards & Bursaries

2018 Venice Research Fellowship, British Couoncil 

2016 Porthmeor Programme Graduate Bursary, St Ives School of Painting

2020 Graduate Start-Up Award, Cultivator Cornwall