Fraser, Wadmalaw Farm, 2011, batik on silk, 42 x 14


Mary Edna Fraser

Charleston resident Mary Edna Fraser (b. 1952, Fayetteville, N.C.) is a textile artist who strives to foster environmental awareness through her batik works. Fraser has had over fifty solo exhibitions, including those at the University of Georgia in Athens; the University of South Carolina in Columbia; and St. Olaf College and Carlton College, both in Northfield, Minn. She has been in group exhibitions in South Carolina, North Carolina, Minnesota, Washington, DC, Australia and Tasmania. Among Fraser’s honors and grants fare those from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Smithsonian Folklife Foundation, the Donnelly Foundation and the Trident Community Foundation. She received a BS from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., with a double major in interior design and clothing and textiles, and studied at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Fraser was an apprentice with master batik artist Fred Andrade.

Statement of support:

While there are other artists in the state who work in batik, Fraser’s work is unique. Working from aerial photographs, she transfers these images onto silk, creating a visual dialogue that calls attention to the environmental threats facing South Carolina and other coastal areas.

Brian Lang, Columbia Museum of Art

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