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

Mary Addison Hackett is an artist whose practice spans painting, video, and other time-based projects. Her work is grounded in what the artist Allan Kaprow called, the ‘aesthetic of regular experience’ —transient experiences in the everyday world that were felt to be as significant as traditional works of art. Focus on the mundane, and maintaining an active engagement with her surroundings are common threads throughout the work. She often combines performance with absurd humor, philosophical inquiry, and feminist overtones.

Since the early 90s, her work has been exhibited and screened in non-profit spaces, galleries, museums, and film festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including recent solo shows at Seed Space (Nashville); Marcia Wood Gallery (Atlanta); John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY); David Lusk (Nashville); and Kristi Engle Gallery (Los Angeles); and screenings at The New York Underground Film Festival (New York, NY);  The Independent Prague Film Festival, (Prague, Czech Republic); and The Aurora Picture Show (Houston, TX).

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

She 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. After having lived and worked professionally in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Nashville, Mary Addison recently established her homebase on a parcel of land in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park. 
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