Mary Mattingly

MARY MATTINGLY is an artist whose work imagines sustainable futures. She invites us to consider how we inhabit our planet and to co-create living systems. 

In 2014 she launched WetLand, a floating ecosystem and living space on the Delaware River, and in 2012 she began the Flock House Project: three spherical living-systems that were choreographed through New York City’s five boroughs. Mattingly also founded the Waterpod Project, a barge-based public space containing an autonomous habitat that migrated through New York’s waterways.

Her work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Seoul Art Center, the New York Public Library, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Palais de Tokyo. She has participated in smARTpower initiated by the U.S. Department of State and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, as well as residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the James L. Knight Foundation, Yale University School of Art, the Harpo Foundation, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, and the Art Matters Foundation.

Her work has been featured in Art in America, Artforum, ArtNews, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Financial Times, Le Monde Magazine, New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and on BBC News, MSNBC, Fox News, News12, NPR, WNBC, and on Art21's New York Close Up series. 


Floating World

Mary Mattingly + Beta Verde

SECCA Main Gallery

January 30, January 31, February 1, 3, and 4 from 1- 5pm

Join artist Mary Mattingly and community partner Beta Verde to make a floating world. Grow a plant and nurse it in SECCA's main gallery. Your plant, and many others will be attached to a geodesic dome structure that will become a living, growing biosphere over the course of the exhibition.

Together with the artist, Beta Verde Founder Margaret Norfleet Neff will teach us about growing and gardening.

In March, we will launch this biosphere onto the lake at SECCA where it will become a floating world for a period of 6 months.

See Floating World in the Winston-Salem Journal

See Floating World in the Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools


Bundling Sacred Objects

Mary Mattingly + Arts For Life

SECCA Main Gallery 

Friday March 6th, Saturday March 7th and Sunday March 8th, 1-5pm

Bring a personal object that means something to you and share the story about it, making a giant bundle dedicated to healing.

Mary Mattingly partners with Arts for Life to gather objects from children and their families across North Carolina facing serious illness and debility. They will create mini-bundles that will join yours in the gallery.

For her second action at SECCA, Mary Mattingly invites participants to create bundles and partners with Arts for Life. Arts for Life leaders across the state of North Carolina will gather objects of significance from the young people they support who are hospitalized and battling disease and from bereaving families in their network. Guided by Mattingly, personal objects and the stories attached to them will be collected, with bundles being returned to SECCA and exhibited as a ritual for healing. A constellation of personal bundles will hang throughout the space, manifesting the power of creativity and connection binding us together. At the close of the show, these mini-bundles will be returned to their makers.

Our community bundle will join those of the children.