Big Ideas In Art and Culture: Mary Mattingly
Mary Mattingly spoke about her work at the Guelph Youth Music Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on March 30, 2011. Mary Mattingly’s art practice collapses boundaries between performance, sculpture, architecture, and documentation. Her work addresses the need for humans to migrate due to current and future environmental and political situations. In 2001, she began building Wearable Homes and travelled to different desert environments and experimented living in them for weeks at a time, bringing with her little food or water. As she improved the Wearable Homes, she added systems to them to purify and store water, provide a place to sleep, monitor the wearer’s temperature and health, and provide flotation and storage for belongings. After a period of continuous moving, she wanted to make the wearable homes technologically advanced and fit for the world’s increasing number of mobile citizens.