I’m exhibiting at BE Galleries with a show of work that will be up til Feb 5. Because of Covid we didn’t have an in-person opening but the gallery is open Weds-Sat 11 – 3 or by appointment. If you can’t make it in person, I’ve added a link here where you can see most of the show. Click on any image, then click again to see more detail. http://www.mazziottiart.com/portfolio/2021-exhibitbe-galleries/
I’ll also take this opportunity to wish everyone a cheerful Festivus season and good health and good work in 2022.
I’ll have work on one of 200 billboards in the city of Antwerp, Belgium for their public art program “On Board” 28th June – 25 July with lectures and performances. Wish I could be there to see it! https://onboards.be They are also selling limited edition prints of many of the works, mine included. “Maze/hand-embroidery & pigment on textile/32” x 46″/2019
I’ll be in a dual show with painter Zach Brown at Zynka Gallery in Pittsburgh opening Aug 15th. Actual work on the actual walls! Something of a miracle to be having a bricks & mortar show during this pandemic. All safety precautions will be in place for the opening. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ZYNKAgallery/
My “Candide” series is on exhibit at Furman University Gallery in Greenville, South Carolina in a show based on Voltaire’s classic. In my series Death appears in each of 12 panels as Candide learns life lessons from eternal optimist, Dr. Pangloss.
My work will also be featured in MURZE Magazine, a UK arts publication. It will launch Feb 5 in both digital and paper format.
Proudest Moment So Far This Year: Ten years ago I did a residency in Sydney, Australia and met fellow-resident Annalise Rees https://annaliserees.com/ Annalise is both a practicing artist and an academic. She recently told me that she is using images from my “Needling the Regime” series in her class about Protest Art. I couldn’t be more delighted.
Greetings all! Here’s a short wrap up of this year’s studio news.
I hope that you’re enjoying this perishing hot summer. Here’s an update of some upcoming shows:
“After the Rain/Reign” at Not Sheep Gallery in Columbus, Ohio during June/July. The theme is political and my anti-Trump-regime embroidered panels are a good fit. For more info: https://notsheepgallery.com/f/after-the-rainreign—artist-spotlight-3.
“What We Don’t Talk About”, curated by Becky Slemmons, focuses on Death and our various responses to it. The show will be at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 937 Gallery downtown and run from July 12 – Sept 1More info at https://trustarts.org/exhibit/18114-2019/what-we-dont-talk-about.
My large work “Broken Armadillo Triptych” will find a home for the next two years at the South Bend Museum of Art, Indiana (Hi, Mayor Pete Buttigieg!) The 8 foot x 23 foot pieced and embroidered work will be installed near the entrance as part of their Sightlines project, Opening September 6. Info to come at https://southbendart.org/exhibitions (the photo above shows Emma, a 3-banded armadillo, visiting the museum from the local zoo. Looks like she approves of the work. Or not. Hard to tell).
I’m exhibiting in good company at “Art at the X: Celebrating 50 Years of Women” at Cincinnati’s Xavier University, Aug 23 – Sept 20. Info to come at https://www.xavier.edu/art-department/art-gallery.
Delighted to have my work in this upcoming show co-sponsored by the Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art and Kent State University Museum. So much exciting work being done in fiber now. Definitely not your granny’s doilies anymore, folks!
From a review in Arts & Culture Blog/Double Negative of “Room 103”, an exhibit at the Saul Hay Gallery in Manchester UK, Oct – Nov 2018:
“American textile artist Mary Mazziotti explores closely related themes through Needling the Regime, a series of propaganda tapestries for her imagined country of Amurka which hang from the ceiling of Saul Hay. In Mazziotti’s work Soviet imagery and lettering play against the American ideologies which are her target, while the painstaking nature of the medium of needlework clash with the crass, offhanded slogans of “the press needs to shut up” and “just don’t worry about it”. The juxtapositions and contradictions running through her work inspire uncomfortable reflection on her themes, the effect being that we are forced to consider how susceptible we are to accepting outrageous, inconsistent, even impossible propositions if presented to us through rousing propaganda or conveyed by a confident and convincing politician in a sharp suit. The slogan on the workers’ caps – “Make Amurka Great Again” – leave little room for doubt about the true target of her work.”
I’m sad to report that I have lost my most-wonderful studio space of the last 10+ years, a victim of the relentless gentrification that’s turning our charming neighborhood into a disaster zone. I’ve moved for now into a smaller space. New challenges, and all that. Please note my new address should you wish to send cards or bibelots:
Mary M. Mazziotti
5134 Carnegie Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
For the last few months I’ve been focusing on one large work — about 8 feet x 23 feet — called “Broken Armadillo”, as a reflection on current life in America. It’s was a challenge to photograph (thanks, Dave Albrecht), but you can see the whole piece in my Portfolio section.
Earlier this year I was shortlisted as one of five artists for the £15,000 DARE Art Prize, part of the DARE partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK. The model challenges artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process. My proposal was to work with academics, engineers and singers to investigate ways of visualizing the most fundamental and universal expression we have — the scream.
Mary M. Mazziotti
5134 Carnegie Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201