Mary Addison Hackett

INTERVENTION, 2011. Oil on linen panel. 10 x 8 inches
JET PROPELLED, 2011. Watercolor and gouache on paper. 11.5 x 9 inches
My main body of work is diverse. A few years ago, I started making more obvious reference to things in the real world and now I make no distinctions between the abstract paintings and the figurative paintings. The work is supported by the language and history of painting and my responses to day-to-day life. They’re process-oriented and physical. I stand and move around a lot while painting, moving the work from floor to wall to table to easel. I work on 3 to 4 paintings at a time. They’re intuitive and strategic. They radically evolve from session to session until some point when I consider them done.

Watercolor was the first wet medium I learned to use, but as soon as I started painting on canvas, the watercolors became secondary. I work on them in between the main paintings. This period can be anywhere from a weekend to a few weeks. About 10 years ago, I started doing the watercolors sitting down at a table. I approach them with a zen-like frame of mind and have come to think of them as meditative. I try to have them be void of anything outside of themselves, though like any form of meditation that’s hard to do 100% of the time.

-Mary Addison Hackett, 2012

1 Comment

  1. “The work is supported by the language and history of painting and my responses to day-to-day life.” “process oriented and physical”, “intuitive and strategic”

    “sitting down” “meditative” “void of anything but themselves”

    Interesting distinctions between two ways of working.

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