Go West, Paradise is There, 11" x 60", double-sided laser engraved woodcut with chine colle (inside view)
Mary Hood’s current research exists in the luminous space between day and night, where imagination is unquestioned and empowered to construct new a worldview. This work investigates utopian and dystopian constructions: exploring the boundaries between the idealized and abstracted spaces of an immaterial world. Hood’s work 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, to name a few examples.
Hood, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, uses printmaking to focus on community-affiliated projects such as RIPPLE (2005), for Katrina evacuees in Arizona, DITTO (2006), a public art project, and Map(ing), an on-going collaborative project between Native American artists and Arizona State University graduate students. Hood is the recipient of numerous residencies, publications, and awards for her work including the 2008 Faculty Achievement Award and the 2006 Award for Public Scholarship. In 2012, Hood was awarded the Annual Evelyn Smith Endowed Professorship to support her community scholarship.