Mary Addison Hackett is a visual artist whose work is grounded in the aesthetics of everyday life. She has a diaristic practice and uses her day-to-day life as a means of ongoing critical investigation. Her practice includes painting, photography, video, writing, and other time-based projects.
When California went into lockdown, Hackett set about trying to make sense of the imposed order and ensuing chaos of life during quarantine. Black Lives Matter, death counts, environmental disasters, and politics filled the news. The artist began documenting the minutiae of daily life with an even greater attention to detail. Using obsessive mark-making combined with both abstract and observational approaches, Hackett's most recent body of art comes from an ongoing series of works on paper and photographs that the artist made in response to the ‘new normal’ and epic moments that have acted as catalysts for social change during the 2020 Pandemic.