My work is a nod to the human experience of simultaneously knowing and not knowing. My intention is to represent the elusive grey area of experiences that are often neglected by a simplistic reliance on false dichotomies. Experiences are neither singular nor binary. Instead, they are shifting, multi-faceted, and continuous. My work is about being honest and about paying attention. It seeks to represent the excluded middle.
I work primarily with scrap wood, found trash, plastics, and papers that surround my everyday environment. Combining these materials with paint, collage, and fumage, I make paintings on panel and relief sculptures on wood and cardboard. Through the painting process I add and take away the layers of collage and paint, using a sander and meticulously peeling small pieces of paper by hand. This process results in piles of debris, which I then organize and compose into sculptures.
The process and materials are a give and take. Using trash and seemingly unimportant materials, I create objects whose layered parts become something greater than they seem, yet still remain true to themselves.
Kristy Hughes holds an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University. She has attended residencies at The Studios at MASS MoCA, Stutz Artists Association, and the Vermont Studio Center. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis, Butler University, and Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN. Upcoming and recent 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).
She is currently artist in residence at Residency Unlimited (Sept.-Oct. 2017) participating in the Liquitex Cadmium-Free Research Residency in Brooklyn, NY.
Kristy lives and works in Valdosta, GA.