Mary Laredo Herbeck, so-named after her birthplace of Laredo, Texas, is a second-generation Mexican American who moved to Detroit as a child, and grew up in the northwest side neighborhood known as Brightmoor. Herbeck has been pursuing her interests in art and performance for more than two decades, and received both BFA and MFA degrees from Wayne State University where her concentration was metal jewelry design and sculpture.
Her autobiographical work often references the processes and rituals of holistic healing using metal and natural materials as metaphor for the body. Herbeck’s sculpture and assemblages reveal an underlying interest in form and object-making.
Herbeck is also active as an artist/educator in community and public art projects on Detroit’s southwest side, and is a founding member of the Southwest Artists’ Network of Detroit (SWAN-Detroit). Aditionally, she works part-time as Curator of Exhibitions at the Ellen Kayrod Gallery, in Detroit’s Hannan House.