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Mary Jackson Portrait

Mary Jackson

Born:
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 1945

Active in:

  • Charleston, South Carolina

Photo Caption:
Courtesy Mary Jackson.

Luce Artist Biography

Mary Jackson was four when her mother taught her to weave baskets from dried sweet grass. Eventually, Jackson grew bored with the traditional pieces she had been making and began to create contemporary forms from traditional materials. She produces simple baskets in which the colored bands of grass create sculptural patterns. Jackson makes certain that even her most unusually shaped baskets will function properly, seeing this as a gesture of respect to the work of her predecessors.