After a long career in advertising, Mary Mattingly began making art full time in 2009. Her work draws on the nostalgia and whimsy of Americana, her personal history and our collective past. Mattingly combines memories, iconic imagery and symbolism to create a diverse body of work. She explores her ideas through a variety of media including sculpture, jewelry, drawing, painting and mixed media works on paper.
Throughout her career, collage has been a consistent influence. Her most recent work is inspired by graffiti from
all over the world. In these large-scale metal pieces, she abstracts and augments photographs of found graffiti while preserving the gesture, color, and spirit. Some of these are enhanced by neon or LED lighting. The layering of print elements, mixing of media and surface allows the graffiti to function as a sort of extended collage.
Mattingly’s work is featured in several permanent collections. She has shown extensively throughout the United States including at the National Academy Museum in New York, Norton Museum, Florida and at SOFA in Chicago. Mattingly lives and works in New York.