My creative process is continually driven by curious experimentation in the medium of photography and light-based installation - not in the quest for the perfect, captured moment, but rather for the possibilities that exist when control is relinquished and when “accidents” help guide both the process and the questions being asked by the work.
Utilizing analog photographic materials such as film in my print-based work and antiquated equipment for seeing such as overhead projection in my site-specific installation work allow me to experiment in this open and fertile space of not-knowing. That curiosity excites and drives me to push the medium further, seeing what is possible outside of the parameters of traditional photographic processes.
Through these processes, I am exploring ideas of home, place, grief and loss through several ongoing series.
Born in New Haven, CT, Mary Zompetti is a photo-based artist currently living and working in rural Grand Isle, Vermont. Zompetti holds an MFA in Visual Arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her work has been nationally and internationally exhibited; in 2015, in a solo exhibition Negative/Positive at the Mjólkurbúðin Gallery in Akureyri, Iceland; in 2014 at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY for the Biennial Making and Taking: Pictures Reconsidered curated by Nancy Princenthal; and in 2017 in the Annual Juried Show at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. She is a multi-year recipient of the Vermont Arts Council Artist Development Grant and was a Guest Artist in Akureyri, Iceland in 2014 and 2015. She is currently exploring ideas of home and place/displacement and was recently awarded a Arts Endowment Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to continue her photographic series 45 Degrees North in Grand Isle County, VT in 2017-2018.