Blockades, Boulders, Weights, 2014

Blockades, Boulders, and Weights are amalgamations of objects that ask people to consider overconsumption. In 2013, I bundled almost all of the objects in my possession into seven large boulders that could be rolled or pushed. I didn't include one small bag of things I used everyday. For years, I wore the same clothes and depended on sharing. Growing up in ascetic and poor conditions, this act reminded me that I didn't need all of the things I'd come to depend on. In absurd performances, I pulled the bundles through New York City's streets, to emphasize the weight of the objects: from the over-extraction of the earth, to the working conditions of the makers and distributors, to the chemicals that enter the air and water affecting everyone, each object is embedded with traumas.

Mary Mattingly, Blockades, Boulders, Weights photographs.

Mary Mattingly, Blockades, Boulders, Weights photographs. Mary Mattingly, Blockades, Boulders, Weights photographs. Mary Mattingly, Blockades, Boulders, Weights photographs.