Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican have been conducting collaborative projects since 1994. Their work revolves around mobility, landscape, power structures, and the collective and individual psychologies that influence American culture. Engaging the public is central and influences their work. Allowing for unpredictable twists, the "wild card" becomes as important as the initial concept in their projects. Projects have included converting cars into mobile laboratories, developing icons to take on new meanings and performing various fire-y acts to address American complacency, tourism and consumerism. Photographic and video documentation have served as a constant thread in the artist's explorations that ultimately take the shape of multi-media and experiential installations.
Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican met at the Rhode Island School of Design from which they both obtained an MFA In Photography in 1996. Carothers is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Photography at University of Louisville, Kentucky. Wrbican is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at George Mason University.
Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican have exhibited with CEPA Gallery, DUMBO Festival, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Atlanta College of Art and Gustavus Adolphus College. They have received grants from The Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts and the Johnson Foundation in Minnesota. The Frozen Car is supported in part by a Mathy Fellowship from George Mason University.