Mary Mattingly’s work collapses boundaries between performance, sculpture, architecture, and photography. Through wearable environments and autonomous living systems, her practice addresses nomadic themes that are based on the need to migrate in environmental and political situations. Mary founded the Waterpod Project: a self-sufficient habitat and public space atop a barge that docked throughout New York City, with artists living onboard testing the ecosystem. Over 200,000 people visited the Waterpod in 2009.
Formally contingent on mapping worldwide human migration patterns, Mary’s current projects are itinerant, small-scale architectural interventions called Flock Houses that are moving through New York’s five boroughs. They morph into preexisting structures, reflecting city dwellers’ movements and exchanges while attempting to alter the despotic effects of economic development.
Her work has been featured in ArtForum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Le Monde Magazine, ICON, The Brooklyn Paper, Aperture, BBC News, MSNBC, and more. She is currently a Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and resident at Clocktower Gallery, ArtOnAir.