LET HER

KRISTY HUGHES

MONOTYPE, LATEX, FUMAGE, COLLAGE, DECOLLAGE
13.5" X 11"

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a seeker and an undying optimist. I believe that there is beauty to be found in chaos and something to be made from limited resources. I search to find surprise in my studio practice and to follow my curiosities. In searching, I find beauty and meaning.

My current body of work entitled Seeing Is addresses the notion of inherent potential and the understanding of meaningful perceptions from chaotic environments. It is rooted in a quote from poet and philosopher Paul Valery, “To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.” When the viewer no longer sees a graphite line as only a graphite line, but instead appreciates its essence and perceives it as part of a greater whole, they have in a sense forgotten what it is they are seeing, and experience with fresh eyes. This phenomenology is what aesthetically drives my practice. Conceptually, it is rooted in the theory of gestalt – a theory of visual observation that studies our ability to acquire and maintain meaningful perceptions in an apparently chaotic world. While this body of work started as a purely aesthetic investigation of materiality and order, I have come to regard the choices that I make within my artwork as metaphors for the ways in which we as a society readily accept organization, rules, and control. My sensibilities are based in the social structures in which I was born and raised. Seeing Is has become a platform for me, as an artist, to bring to the surface the underlying structures that organize and inform chaos, and to directly address the subconscious implications of these systems. 


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