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Civic Engagement Series 2022-23

We are excited to announce that artist Mary Mattingly will join us this fall as our 2022 Civic Engagement Fellow!  Many thanks to the search committee for their hard work in selecting Mary from a pool of excellent applicants.

“I am eager to work with Pratt, an institution that embraces equitable change and is working toward the necessary de-siloed approach to education across the arts. Pratt believes in the work and power of artists as part of plural political, economic, and socioecological transformations — in a time when more and more people see the true costs of climate change for humans and kin. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be able to work with the expanded Pratt community on the challenges that drive my work, including systems change toward public food, water, and environmental justice.”
– Mary Mattingly

Mary Mattinglis an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Mary co-creates sculptural ecosystems that address forms of public food and commons in New York City. In 2020 she was the Brooklyn Public Library’s Artist in Residence and launched Public Water with +More Art, a project comprised of histories of New York City’s Drinking Watershed and a sculpture that cleaned water while mimicking the watershed. In 2016 she launched Swale, a mobile free public food forest on a barge in New York City. Docked at public piers but following waterways common laws, Swale circumnavigated New York’s public land laws, and allowed anyone to pick free fresh food. The project helped instigate and co-build the “foodway” in Concrete Plant Park, the Bronx in 2017. Considered a pilot project, the “foodway” is the first time the New York City Parks Department is inviting people to publicly forage in over 100 years.

Mary has a research-based practice with a focus on environmental justice and co-learning. In 2019, she facilitated the Ecotopian Library, a tool library for change-building stemming from the belief that art and ecotopian thought can help cultivate systemic social change. In 2013 she bundled personal objects into large sculptures for performances about her own consumption, documenting the bundles’ contents and focusing on the complex military-industrial supply chain of the element cobalt.

Mattingly’s work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Seoul Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, Storm King Art Center, the Parrish Museum, Anchorage Museum, and the Palais de Tokyo. It has been included in the Havana, Istanbul and the Cuenca Biennales.

Mary Mattingly