Mary Griep is a visual artist and Professor Emerita of Art and Art History at St. Olaf College. Over a long career in painting and drawing, she has shown her work from Finland to Thailand.
Since 1998, she has been working on the Anastylosis Project, a series of large-scale drawings of 12th-century sacred spaces. Along the way, she has produced hundreds of studies, detail drawings, and prints to accompany the series. Through 2021, the series included eighteen drawings designed for exhibition in traditional gallery spaces with large walls. This body of work resulted in a commissioned compilation of archival digital prints from eleven panels representing inter-religous dialogue that was permanently installed at the University of St. Thomas in 2021.
With the nineteenth work in the series, The 37 Nats, the Anastylosis Project took a new direction: a large-format artist book reflecting on the religious/cultural history of Burma, and the violence and oppression of the current military government.