The relationship between human beings and the environment is a recurring subject matter in Mattingly’s images, sculptures and installations. She has won many prizes for her work, including the Stephen Swirling Award for Digital Arts. She has had one-person shows at Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA; Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand; and Galerie Adler, Frankfurt, Germany, among others.
"I begin constructing a photograph by creating Wearable Homes and other sculptural elements that suggest the changes people will be faced with as environments drastically transform. The people in the photographs keep themselves busy by building their own environments, usually reusing refuse that they scavenge. Some people build walls to protect land from the tides, some build their own islands, some explore, some are regulated, others record. The environments have been assembled in a variety of ways: from life-sized sculpture to scale models or computer modelling. They are formed through my impression of a global architecture and a ubiquitous change in nature. The people are adapting to a nomadic sense of home and learning how to sustain themselves." MARY MATTINGLY
Mary Mattingly. Brownday, 2004.