A New Installation by Mary Bennett
Now Through June 25
New to Portland, conceptual artist Mary Bennett presents homage to an unknown poet by covering the walls of the gallery with the poet’s publication submission notes. Found in a dumpster, the poet’s typed and annotated index cards document her work in the 1970’s and are filled with coffee stains, cigarette burns, poem titles and handwritten notes as she attempted to publish her poetry.
Bennett’s installation examines the personal qualities of perseverance, deliberation, consistency and faith that were possessed by one woman, an unknown poet and dedicated writer. This woman believed in herself so much that she sent out 1,986 submissions. She received 1,983 rejections and only three acceptances. Her dedication will be displayed as all of these tattered index cards cover the gallery walls.
Part installation, part exploration, part interactive meditation on how artists define success, the installation also features a re-creation of the poet’s writing studio as imagined by Bennett. Gallery visitors are invited to use the poet’s typewriter to contribute their own definitions of “artistic success,” which will then be added to the gallery walls.