Artist Talk With Mary Stuart Hall

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Artist Talk at MINT with Mary Stuart Hall, at her solo exhibition of "The Topography of Text".

Exhibition on view January 9, 2016 through February 7, 2016 at MINT

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. Finding the letter written by my 5th Great Grandfather Thomas Clendon to his wife’s nephew back in England felt like receiving a message from someone across an ocean of time that dealt with issues that felt oddly contemporary. The content of the text not only provided the inspiration for this body of work, but understanding how narrative functions as a process of construction provided the overriding themes. While I can only infer to what question the letter is in response, it appears that Clendon is answering a question about the immigrant experience in the United States. He tells what it is like to be a farmer and gives an overview of the political climate at the time. . The imagery is from a group of 8mm films that I found in the same box of documents and photographs. Because my father died years ago and his father died before I was born, 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.

-MSH 2015

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. Mary Stuart was awarded “Best in Show” for MINT’s 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Here to Go /
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