Maren Hassinger (b. 1947) earned her BA from Bennington College and her MFA from
University of California, Los Angeles. Hassinger lives and works in New York City following her
20 year tenure as the Director of the Rinehart School of Graduate Sculpture at the Maryland
Institute College of Art. During a career that has spanned more than four decades, Hassinger
has explored relationships between the industrial and natural worlds, and issues of equality, in a
practice that is both meditative, critical, and collaborative.
She has exhibited widely both in the United States and abroad, with recent solo exhibitions, The
Window, at Dia Bridgehampton and We Are All Vessels, at Susan Inglett Gallery. Recent public
installations include, Monument, in Washington D.C. through the Smithsonian’s American
Women’s History Initiative and Nature, Sweet Nature, at the Aspen Art Museum, slated to travel
to the Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City. Her work was recently featured in the inaugural
installation of the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art; in the exhibition, Knotted, Torn,
Scattered: Sculpture after Abstract Expressionism, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; in
Duro Olowu’s exhibition, Seeing Chicago, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and
Monuments at Marcus Garvey Park in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Hassinger is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York City.
My Codex project was the preliminary step in preparing for a solo show at Susan Inglett Gallery.
I began to associate vessels - ancient and contemporary - as references to the human body -
every human body.
I believe that, as I worked on the book for Codex, I became more and more certain that “We Are
All Vessels.” So, making this book was an important moment in clarifying my intentions. I took
and found pictures of vessels, ancient and contemporary, that reminded me of the human body
and I began to see the truth of the statement, “We Are All Vessels.”