Mary Lum is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes drawing, installation, still and moving images, and artist’s books. Her recent work examines the subtle conditions that are shaped through relationships between fact and fiction and between memory and history. Rooted in the process of noticing and collecting, the images and texts she produces suggest that the tenses of past, present, and future are interchangeable.
At Radcliffe, Lum will work on Tracing the City, a drawing project that encompasses the experience of living in, wandering through, reading about, recording, and remembering the city. The work she will make will be connected to her concentrated visual study of particular urban spaces, including Cambridge and Boston, New York, Paris, and other cities. Through this study, Lum intends to expose the poetic underpinnings of specific places and to uncover new relationships between cities.
Lum has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and the International Studio/Curatorial Program in New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2004), the Paris Project Room (2002), The Drawing Center in New York City (2000), and the Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston. She is currently a professor of painting and integrated electronic arts at Alfred University and will begin teaching at Bennington College in fall 2005.