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Considering the idea of negotiation both in terms of material and metaphor, my work manifests in collaged paintings whose pieced-togetherness confronts the false dichotomies of transience/permanence, chaos/control, and certainty/guesswork. I use materials that have had previous existences and that are gathered from my surroundings – cardboard from packaging, plastic fragments found on walks, collected wrappers and papers. These materials represent experiences, as they are relative and dependent on context, but also have the potential to become something transformed.

I’ve recently started a new body of work entitled “Cactus Tongued.” This alludes to the phenomenon of not being able to truly express an idea or feeling. “Cactus Tongued” acknowledges hesitancy, in-between-ness, and creates a space for the not-fitting. It is both a nod to the human experience of simultaneously knowing and not knowing and a celebration of honesty. 

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b. 1987

Kristy Hughes holds an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University. She was recently awarded a Liquitex Research Residency, where she was artist in residence at Residency Unlimited in NY, Sept.- Oct., 2017. She has also attended residencies at The Studios at MASS MoCA, Stutz Artists Association, and the Vermont Studio Center, where she received a full fellowship.

She has had solo exhibitions at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis, Butler University, and Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, (Bloomington, IN). Recent two-person and group shows include: Plough Gallery, (Tifton, GA), Indiana University (Kokomo), Gallery 360 (Minneapolis), Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery (Fort Wayne, IN), and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, (Odessa, Texas).

Kristy lives and works in Valdosta, GA.