Originally from the Philadelphia area, Mary Pinto lived for 15 years in Spain before coming to NYC. Her photograms and collages have been exhibited at Gallery 1/1, Hofstra University Museum and St. Thomas Aquinas College, among other venues. Mary has been awarded residency fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Artists’ Enclave at I-Park in Connecticut. In 2017, her work was featured in ArtSpace magazine's "Five of the Best Artworks from Photo L.A.". She has curated several exhibits, most recently a permanent installation of the work of 19 artists at the Fortune Society through Art Connects New York. In 2019, she was awarded a New Works grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. She received her M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 1999.
Exploring the language and uses of photography, my work addresses the natural and built environments and our relationship to them. The cameraless technique I use, the photogram process, is associated with the early stages of photographic exploration and invention, a time of wonder at the possibilities of photography as a way of recording the world. The resulting images recall early botanical and medical prints, as well as contemporary architectural and scientific imaging such as blueprints, x-rays and scans.
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