The Parrish's exhibition "Radical Seafaring" receives its latest addition when Mary Mattingly's modified houseboat WetLand docks at Long Wharf in Sag Harbor this week. Set to arrive on June 9, 2016, with visitors are welcome aboard Mattingly's self-sustaining ecological vessel from June 10 to June 23, 2016. Open visiting hours are Friday to Monday from noon to 5 p.m. through June 20, 2016 with the artist or exhibition curator Andrea Grover on hand, or by appointment through June 23, 2016.

Mary Mattingly’s WetLand is a modified 1971 Rockwell Whitcraft houseboat that produces its own food and energy. The houseboat and the chance to discuss its purpose, functionality and origins is part of the Parrish Art Museum’s exhibition Radical Seafaring, an international survey of artist projects on the water curated by Andrea Grover, the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish.

WetLand is an example of the positive impact each individual can have on the environment. It was designed by Mattingly to demonstrate easy-to-do sustainability projects including solar power, rainwater collection and purification, vegetable gardening, and up cycling.

"Mary Mattingly is a visionary artist who has created multiple floating works like WetLand to demonstrate simple ways to incorporate sustainable practices like upcycling and growing one’s own food into daily life,” stated Grover in an announcement on WetLand's arrival.


"WetLand" by Mary Mattingly, 2014. Modified houseboat, 20 x 18 x 25 feet. Courtesy Mary Mattingly. Photo: © Jacques-Jean Tiziou /

"WetLand" by Mary Mattingly, 2014. Modified houseboat, 20 x 18 x 25 feet. Courtesy Mary Mattingly. Photo: © Jacques-Jean Tiziou /


Mary Mattingly stated, “WetLand functions as a home for long and short term inhabitants. It has been used as an artist and writer’s residency on the Delaware River, an experimental space for the University of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Humanities department, and a temporary home for the five artists who dedicated time to help build Wetland. It has also served as a public space for educational events, co-learning workshops, and reflection.WetLand’s form—created to resemble a sinking house—serves as a monument to loss.”

The 45-foot vessel will be docked on the west side of Long Wharf, from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. (Visitors may schedule an appointment outside of regular visitors’ hours by contacting Grover at 631-283-2118 x 140 or

Mary Mattingly (American, born 1978) creates sculptural environments in urban spaces. She recently completed an installation for the Havana Biennial with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts and is currently engaged in a floating food forest for New York City called Swale.

Mattingly's work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography and the Brooklyn Museum; (New York City); the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA); the Seoul Art Center; and the Palais de Tokyo (Paris). With the U.S. Department of State and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Mattingly participated in the smARTpower Program, traveling to Manila.


BASIC FACTS: Mary Mattingly's WetLand is open for visitors Friday to Monday from noon to 5 p.m. from June 9 to 20, 2016. It is also open by appointment through June 23. The modified houseboat can be found docked on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, N.Y. For an appointment outside of visiting hours, contact Andrea Grover at 631-283-2118 x 140 or

"Radical Seafaring" remains on view through July 24, 2016 at The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976.


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