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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Carissa Holly Mattern

Carissa Holly Mattern

Artist Work

Bud
2017
Digital Painting
My Girl Clementine
2017
Digital Photograph
Jumping Mare
2016
Digital Painting
Gus
2015
Oil on Board
11 x 14
American Pharoah
2015
Digital Painting
Stellar Riding
2017
Digital Photograph

Artist Information

County
Harford County
Phone
4434175404
Artistic Category

Film, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

After abandoning the ghost stories, I focused on more documentary work and patch-work panoramas coupled with the research of multiple facilities including closures, lawsuits, and patient abuse. This brought me to the idea of deinstitutionalization, a term give to the policy of moving the mentally ill out of the large institutions. Many of the facilities were abandoned as they were when operational; toys, clothes, equipment were left in place. Despite the absence of people, their presence is felt through the belongings left behind and in my work. My current body of work is focused on abandonment as a whole, the beauty in decay and what is left behind, and nature’s way of taking back the landscape. My interest shifted from the history of a place being told through archives and books, rather than the history that is being told with what has been left behind.