Mary Johnson

I’m interested in objects of affection and acts of care, and making visible the unseen stories, histories, and labor underlying these actions. I engage and explore these ideas through a sculptural practice involving reclaimed materials, including discarded quilt and clothing remnants, lint from the laundry of family and friends, and other salvaged household items that have been found second hand. There is a meaningful connection between the materials I use and the stories they suggest about the role of care, memory, and the hand-made. Through deconstructing and reconfiguring these materials, I create new forms that elevate and empathize with stories that are overlooked or otherwise forgotten. My work creates devices for telling our contemporary stories through these remnants of the past, and suggests new ways of engaging memory through objects.

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