Navel of the Moon, 2008
Archival inkjet print, 8 x 8″ on 10 x 10″ paper
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist
New York-based artist Mary Mattingly creates sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces. Photography is central to the process, documentation, and display of her participatory work. Her print, Navel of the Moon, depicts a figure standing on a flooded desert floor in Mexico, inflating one of Mattingly’s “Wearable Homes,” in order to potentially float or collect water. Mattingly has exhibited her work widely, including shows at Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Kitchen, International Center of Photography, the Seoul Art Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Palais de Tokyo. She has received grants and fellowships from the James L. Knight Foundation, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Yale University School of Art, the Harpo Foundation, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, and the Art Matters Foundation. Media that has featured her work include Aperture Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Financial Times, Le Monde Magazine, The New Yorker, BBC News, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, WNBC, and Art21’s New York Close Up series. Mattingly participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2014.