“Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain.”
Source: The Deserted Village (l. 81)
The majority of my work is installation based. I was drawn to this form early in my career and have explored it ever since. Installation allows me to bring together the variety of materials I enjoy working with and provides me a forum within which I can address larger critical issues. I have always been influenced by theoretical writings on the subject of identity. Both feminist works, and more recently, the many cultural studies texts on the developing cyber culture have fed my creative impulses. Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray, Elaine Scarey. Donna Haraway, and Roseanne Stone have been very influential authors for me, especially their writing on identity formation and on the nature of the individual. Body issues, and the development of the individual identity, have always been central to my work.
In the history of my work, there has been a gradual move from photographic based installation to sculptural and digital based works. The manipulated and repeated photographic imagery are now being interspersed with objects and digitally altered imagery. There has always been an obsessive element to my work. This has manifested itself through sheer quantity, physical labor, and, more recently, through the production of multiples. The materials have occasionally changed, but the obsessive nature of the work has remained constant.
Margaret Hart received her BFA from the University of Iowa and her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.