Mary Margaret Johnson was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, and received her BA in Fine Arts at Sewanee: The University of the South in 2018. Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes photography, textiles, printmaking, wearable art, painting, and murals. Johnson’s technical practice focuses on the intersection of science and art by using the sun to create her work. Her current work explores the collective experiences of loss, grief, and the need for human connection by using elements in arm’s reach- plants, flowers, and documentary film photographs- onto cyanotype textiles, canvas pieces, and prints.
The work is inspired by Johnson’s grandma and namesake, Peggy (Margaret). She died of ovarian cancer in 2015 and was the only other artist in the family. Grandma was a passionate gardener, and feminist and painted large, watercolor landscapes. This body of work is connected to her by working with natural materials-just as she did. The Texas wildflowers are collected from her house, now vacant, in Blanco, the surrounding hill country, and San Antonio. The film photographs seen on articles of clothing were taken with her Grandmother’s Hasselblad.