Artist on Site - Mary Bennett

Artist on Site - Mary Bennett

Saturday, June 25
Noon to 6:00 p.m.


Installations are best experienced when you can talk about the work directly with the artist. Here's a unique opportunity: Mary will be sitting the gallery all day next Saturday, June 25 from Noon until 6:00 p.m. This is a great time to learn more about the story behind the installation direct from the artist herself. And, since this is also the last day of the show, it's your last chance to see this remarkable display of perseverance before it comes down for good.

About 1,983 Rejections: 3 Acceptances

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.