My current research, The Twilight Hours, exists in the luminous space between day and night, where the imagination creates images of things unseen. I am interested in new ways of defining space and creating utopian, and/or not so utopian spaces. I am interested in how time, space, narrative, and experience are embodied in myth and story telling, and work to contribute to a collective cultural understanding and quieting of the mind. In my recent prints I am using laser etch technologies to create digitally mediated relief plates into a variety of wood veneers from digitally composite images. The laser images are combined with other processes to present the impact and relevancy of digital processes as they relate to printmaking’s graphic identity, the creation of unique matrixes, and the interconnectivity of printmaking as a system of visual language. By researching laser etch technologies I am interested in developing a new graphic identity within current printmaking practices. Understanding what is possible by using digitally mediated information enables me explore the creation of a matrix with an unprecedented freedom.
Mary Hood, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is currently an associate professor at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches intaglio and digital processes for printmaking. Previously, Mary taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of North Texas, respectively as a visiting assistant professor. As part of her teaching philosophy, Mary focuses on the idea of the democracy of printmaking, the distribution of individual voices and the collective impact of community-affiliated projects. Recent projects include RIPPLE (2005), a fundraising event for Katrina evacuees in Arizona, DITTO (2006), a public art printmaking project, and Map(ing)(2009-2011), a collaborative printmaking project between Native artists and ASU graduate students. Mary Hood received her Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Dallas, in Dallas, Texas and her Bachelor of Fine Art from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Mary’s studio practice focuses on concepts of Silence, Time and Space, Identity and experience and has been exhibited widely throughout the world including the International Print Center New York, NYC, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, Blue Star Art Complex, TX, LaGrange Art Museum, GA, Loyola University Chicago, IL, Kasene Kulturcenter, Denmark, Contemporary Art Projects, Bulgaria, VACA Cultural Association, Italy, Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand, Pont Aven School for Contemporary Art, France, Alexandria Bibliotheca, Egypt, and the Estonia National Library, Estonia. Additionally Mary is the recipient of numerous residencies, publications, and awards for her work. Most recently Mary was awarded the 2008 Faculty Achievement Award and the 2006 Award for Public Scholarship.