Mary Olin (Mo) is an artist whose work began in theatrical design, props, and scenic painting. Her artwork now encompasses sculpture and performance with an emphasis on collaborative, interdisciplinary processes. Inspired by tactile learning and the act of searching, she worships at the temple of discarded and left-behind things. Intertwined with these interests are various craft and labor practices that foster conversations about work vs. labor, consumption, use, repair, disrepair, and skill-sharing within a contemporary context. She develops projects by exploring materials and methods that are readily available wherever she is.
She is currently pursuing an MFA in Art and Social Practice at Portland State University. Her artwork has been seen at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Susquehanna Art Museum, The Schuylkill Center, Area 405, Ejecta Projects, Carlisle Arts Learning Center, and Legend Galleries, among others. She has participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center and The National Park Service's Mojave Preserve. She currently serves on the board of the Carlisle Tool Library in Carlisle, PA and continues to freelance in theatrical design, fabrication, and architectural restoration along with developing artworks that explore the intersection between performance, collaboration, material, and the human body's role in production. She is a member of the south-central Pennsylvania performance collective Valley Traction. For more information, use the contact link above, and her CV is available upon request.