Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to announce Mary Manning as our inaugural artist in residence for 2023. Mary is currently based in Lismore until mid-May and will make new work while in residence.
Mary Manning (b. 1972, Illinois) models a method of close looking in carefully arranged juxtapositions of 35mm analog prints. Taking familiar objects and scenes as their subject matter, Manning’s photos picture people, nature, the street, and everything in between. Conceptualizing “paying attention as a practice of being alive,” the artist insists on the importance and meaning of quiet moments and humdrum things. For Manning, photography is an exercise in recording and collecting—often prints are paired with saved mementos such as insect parts, a restaurant napkin, or a plastic bag. The works exemplify both photography and looking as acts of care, tenderly drawing our attention to modest but remarkable moments.
Image - Mary Manning, Pinnacle, 2019. Image courtesy the artist and Canada New York.