Swimmer | Mary Mattingly

Presented by Alessandro Berni Gallery

After a long career in advertising, Mary Mattingly began making art full time in 2009. Her  work drew on the nostalgia and whimsy of Americana, her personal history, and our  collective past. She explores these ideas through a variety of mixed media including  whimsical sculpture, drawing, and jewelry. 

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 been shown  extensively throughout the United States including at the National Academy Museum in  New York, Brattleboro Museum, Vermont, Norton Museum, Florida, and at SOFA in Chicago.  Mattingly lives and works in New York.