Artist Statement

Within Earshot is an interactive sound installation that expands the territory of the space it occupies to anyone who can hear the sound of the eight bells that hang from the steel frame.

While the Atlanta BeltLine connects 45 different neighborhoods and provides a transportation route for cyclists and pedestrians, the nature of the closed loop creates a boundary and a new interior and exterior space. Sound is not restricted by lines on a map, architecture, or even our own feeble attempts to close it out with our hands over our ears. The space of sound is its own territory. The sound created by the bells creates a cacophony of noise that becomes part of the broader sonic environment.


Artist Bio

Mary Stuart Hall is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Atlanta, Georgia.

Graduating with a degree in Studio Art at Sewanee, The University of the South, Hall then completed a Masters in Art Education from the University of Georgia, and an MFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

In 2016, she served as an artist in residence at the ADAM Lab at Georgia Tech in collaboration with Eyedrum Gallery. Three years later, she was the MFAST Artist in Residence at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, where she exhibited at Gallery Flut. Hall completed a residency at Volatile Parts with an installation and book titled Hear and There.

In 2021, she took her project Taking Place to Richmond, Virginia, for 1708’s Gallery’s public art event, InLight. Most recently she completed a residency at ChaShaMa in upstate New York.

Mary Stuart’s installation, As the Crow Flies, is on view at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta through 2023.