Mary Marsh – Coffee Diary Book


© 2007, edition of 40, 4 x 2.75

Mary Marsh: ‘A daily journal of buying coffee to-go. With each coffee purchased in 2004, I recorded the date and what I did while drinking it, writing directly on the cup. This project describes routines and events centered around getting coffee while doing other things.’

26 pages. Three signatures, inkjet printed and hand-sewn into a heavy cardstock cover with cutout windows revealing images of a coffee drinker and a coffee cup. End pages are of used coffee filter. Materials: coffee filter, postcard.

Years of working in libraries have influenced Mary V. Marsh’s materials and her process. She collects and categorizes images and discarded library materials to look at reading, consuming and propaganda. Images combined with found words on library checkout cards are made into one-of-a-kind and small-edition books. A shared love of hiking and journal keeping and practicing art together, has evolved into collaborative works with husband Tony Bellaver.

Marsh was born in Portland, Oregon and has been living and making art in the Bay Area since 1982. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992 where she met her husband Tony Bellaver. She has exhibited in many venues in the Bay Area with solo shows at; San Francisco Art Commission at Grove Street, San Jose Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Center, and San Francisco Public Library. Currently a member of Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland, she makes unique and small edition artist books under Quite Contrary Press.


Mary Marsh – Coffee Diary Book