Mary Addison Hackett
My work is based on autobiographical events in day-to-day life. I draw from a variety of source material and practices, ranging from personal and found photographs to abstraction and direct observation. Highly relevant to my process was my introduction to Allan Kaprow’s artistic philosophy and what he called the “aesthetic of regular experience”—transient experiences in the everyday world that were felt to be as significant as traditional works of art. This focus on the mundane is a thread throughout all my work. In 2010, I moved back to the South to care for my mother, who died unexpectedly just prior to my arrival. That summer, I began using the house—and by extension, the part of the country I grew up in—as a backdrop for my work.