Hackett, Mary Addison
b. Atlanta, Georgia
lives/works: Joshua Tree, California

Mary Addison Hackett is a painter and video artist/experimental filmmaker based in Joshua Tree, California. She makes work based on moments she observes in day-to-day life with the concept of home forming the foundation for an autobiographical practice concerned with the transient nature of being. Her work often combines performance with absurd humor, philosophical inquiry, and feminist overtones. 

She has exhibited and screened her work throughout the U.S. and abroad since the early 90s, including solo shows at Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Seed Space, and David Lusk Gallery in Nashville, TN; John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY; and Kristi Engle Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Group exhibitions and screenings include the Torrance Art Museum, and Acme., in greater Los Angeles; Ogden Museum in New Orleans, LA; Tiger Strikes Asteroid at the Satellite Show in Miami, FL;  SUGAR in Bushwick, NY; The New York Underground Film Festival in New York, NY; The Independent Prague Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic; and The Aurora Picture Show in Houston, TX. In 2018, two of her videos will be included in the exhibition, “Temporal and Corporeal: A Broad Scope of Performance Art" at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Hackett is a 2016 Hambidge fellow and has been awarded project grants by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Harold and Ruth Chenven Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and P.O.V. Television & The American Documentary Inc. Her work has been critically reviewed by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times, and featured in Burnaway, The Tennessean, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and many other publications. Select public collections include the J. Paul Getty Trust and The Riverside Art Museum.

When she’s not relentlessly documenting everyday life and her surroundings, she can be found working on her homesteading skills, which she then relentlessly documents. 

Mary Addison Hackett holds an MFA in Studio Art and Video from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Painting from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
 
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