Mary Babcock is a visual and performance artist deeply interested in the intersection of art, contemplation and social activism. Mending is a central theme in her work, both as an actual reparative action, and as a metaphor for personal, social and environmental change. Her work is driven by a need to understand, critique and speak about her culture, and is rooted in the desire to bridge two prevailing paradigms for art-making: art as beauty and art social criticism.
Babcock obtained her MFA from the University of Arizona with a specialization in Fiber, her BFA in Painting from the University of Oregon, and PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. A Professor, she currently chairs the Graduate Program in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. Babcock’s installation, fiber and mixed media work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally, including Korea, Japan, Canada, France, Hungary and the Ukraine and is in multiple public and private collections. She has performed across the United States and throughout Japan in individual and collaborative contexts, as well as in Italy, Poland, Canada and the Philippines. Babcock lectures frequently on her work linking fiber, performance and cultural/ ecological sustainability.