Mary Addison Hackett was awarded a residency at Hambidge Center where she recently completed a series of new work. Hackett will also be exhibiting a new project at Seed Space during the month of May.
Mary Addison Hackett
The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living)
1201 4th Ave South, Nashville TN 37210
May 7 – June 6
The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living) is a conceptual piece/socially engaged artwork in which Hackett mends items in need of repair as a starting point for a discussion about labor, use-value,and exchange. Hackett began the project in 2015 using her own items of clothing and linens that were worn or damaged. The result of the repairs is not invisible perfection, but instead a unique and useful mend that commemorates the original labor involved in the making of the item, whether it be mass-produced or handmade. By presenting the repair as a valuable action through her labor as an artist,
Hackett hopes to encourage others in similar activities to counterbalance overconsumption. For the project at Seed Space, Hackett’s mended work clothes will be on view during the exhibition. During the opening reception and gallery hours, Hackett will have a small workstation where she will sit and mend.
Visitors may bring in an item to be repaired on site or left for donation. At the end of the exhibit, there will be a closing reception celebrating the repairs. Through this exchange, members of the community will have an opportunity to participate in a reflective and accessible culturalexperience.
Mary Addison Hackett holds an MFA in Studio Art/Video from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has exhibited across the US and abroad, including solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York Nashville, and most recently, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta. Her short films have screened at festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including The New York Underground Film Festival, The Aurora Picture Show, and The Prague Independent Film Festival. Her work is included in several compilations and has been reviewed critically in the LA Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Burnaway, and other publications.
Recent honors include a project grant from The Tennessee Arts Commission and a residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences. Hackett is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery.