Artist

Mary Jackson

born Mount Pleasant, SC 1945
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Courtesy Mary Jackson.
Born
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
Active in
  • Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Nationalities
  • American
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.

Exhibitions

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Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
November 13, 2015March 6, 2022
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation includes iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions.