Compelled to embrace experiences that are neither singular nor binary and instead are multi-faceted and complex, my work is a negotiation between the false dichotomies of transience and permanence, chaos and control, certainty and guesswork. In its consideration of in between-ness, my work is about being honest and paying attention. It is a nod to the human experience of simultaneously knowing and not knowing.
My paintings are informed directly by my immediate and personal surroundings. I pay close attention to the architectural layers that construct my environment. I collect and use materials in my work that have had previous existences, whether cardboard from my neighbor's recycling, paper I find on the street, or my own junk mail. I am interested in the moments when materials become like experiences - relative and dependent on context, everything and nothing at the same time.
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 fully funded 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.