Mary Ting: Our Hive is Sick

Digital Exhibition


This exhibit is part of the gallery’s 2020-21 theme entitled Healing Bodies. Because many of our bodies whether planetary, ideological, physical, cultural or otherwise, require attention, we have invited visual and performance works that offer new ways of viewing Wellness as defined by our artists.


November 4 – December 4
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 4, 6 p.m. ET, Online

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Mary Ting’s solo exhibition, Our Hive is Sick is a personal reflection on our world in crisis: our communities, our water, air, soil, wild places and wildlife in this time of ecological collapse. In 1993, we featured the Chinese American artist and cultural thinker in a solo show. Now, over twenty-five years later she includes the full spectrum of her work from two-dimensional works on paper to sculpture, installation, artist books and puppets. This three-decade overview posits commentary on environmental issues and the connections to our histories and humanity including such themes as deforestation, bee colony disorder, consumer products, wildlife trade and the pandemic.

Mary Ting is a Chinese American artist, cultural thinker, educator and writer. She uses drawing, sculpture, installation, community projects, research and lectures as a means to reflect and comment on cultural history, personal stories, trauma, grief and loss in the time of the anthropocene. Solo exhibitions include Lambent Foundation, Dean Project, metaphor contemporary art, and Kentler Drawing Space. Ting has received grants and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Gottlieb Foundation, Pollack Krasner Foundation, Joan Mitchell Center NOLA, and residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center/NOLA; MacDowell Colony; LMCC Governors Island; Millay Colony among others. Recent projects include: community work in Uttarakhand, India; “Plant Cures II” exhibition on medicinal plants, “Residents of 14 Street Past “at the Art in Odd Places NYC on our wetlands eradication; a walking tour of Chinatown, New York City’s environmental issues as part of the City as Living Laboratory and her ongoing community project, Daffodil Ashes: On Grief and Artmaking. Earthjustice featured her work in the blog post; The Earth Needs a Good Artist.

Mary as teaches at City University of New York at John Jay College in both the studio art department and the Environmental Justice program. Her research focus is on examining the role of Chinese modern history, power, markets and the demand for endangered species products. Mary Ting has presented at the Animals for Asia 2017 Kathmandu, On Changing Human Behavior at the Jane Goodall Foundation; at the Thinking Animals 2017 conference at St. Catherine University, Ontario; University of California’s veterinary school’s 2018 symposium; at the Explorer’s Club, NYC and was sent on a Spring 2019 South African lecture tour speaking to those in the frontlines of anti-poaching.

Mary’s curatorial credits include ENDANGERED!;COMPASSION: For the Animals Great & Small; Modern Mythologies: Contemporary Tibetan Artists; and Metaphor: Folk Traditions and Contemporary Artists. In the 90s, Mary studied folk art at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, did field work in the Yellow River Plateau area and also worked for UNICEF China curating and organized photography exhibitions on its social welfare programs.

Also a member of the Climate Working Group (CWG); a certified Master Composter; Citizen Pruner; and working towards her certificate in botany and gardening from the New York Botanical Garden.