Mary Mattingly

(1978) American


Mary Mattingly was born in Rockville, Connecticut, and received a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Parsons School of Design and a Yale School of Art Fellowship in 2002. Mattingly works in a variety of media to present her view of the future where civilization as we know it has been dismantled. In The New Mobility of Home, a digitally stitched composite photograph that uses 3-D imaging technology, Mattingly shows a “wearable home” that is made of temperature-adjusting weatherproof fabric and incorporates micro-equipment that monitors both the external atmosphere and the health of the wearer. Inspired by the idea that people would spend more time thinking about the world around them if they spent less time thinking of their appearance, Mattingly researched uniforms from around the world. In the Waterpod Project, she collaborated with environmentalists, sculptors, marine engineers, and designers to create a self-sustaining environmental home on a floating barge that was towed to piers around New York City. This was followed by Air Ship Air City, in which Mattingly used recycled materials to build a capsule for living that would be both elevated and portable to cope with and the possibility of rising sea levels and the anticipated need for mobile cities.
Her works are held in the collections of the Portland Art Museum and Yale University, among others.
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