The Topography of Text
Mary Stuart Hall
Awarded “Best in Show” for MINT’s 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Here to Go
ON VIEW January 9, 2016 through February 7, 2016
OPENING: January 9, 7 -10pm
MINT announces the solo exhibition of Mary Stuart Hall, The Topography of Text.
The Topography of Text is an exploration of the written word turned into physical and tangible forms. Through the manipulation of text into a visual construction, Mary Stuart Hall recontextualizes the original content and story – to form an installation where we are left to fill in the gaps and complete the narrative for ourselves.
This work has been a process of discovery; a discovery of a letter written by a relative in 1847, the discovery of images of my late father in old 8mm films, and the discovery of my place in those narratives. The images are of memories I don’t have and stories I can only imagine. Questions are left unanswered and family history becomes an exercise in stitching together moments in time. Regardless of whether we construct our memories and histories from lived or imagined experiences, recreating this narrative is a process in which we all participate. We are always inferring the questions, piecing together bits of information about ourselves, our experiences and the stories we hold so dear.
Mary Stuart Hall was born and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Sewanee, The University of the South, in 2004 with a BA in sculpture. She received her Master of Art
Education from The University of Georgia in 2013 and currently works as the middle school art teacher at the Galloway School. Mary Stuart’s work deals with the expression and construction of text as a moving object always in the state of becoming. Her work ranges from photography to sculpture including interactive technology.
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