Using painting, printmaking, collage, and assemblage, my work is a negotiation between impermanence and rigidity. Having moved over 20 times in my life, the idea of fixedness has never been well known. At the same time, I was raised within a system of dogmatic practices, growing up in a fundamentalist christian environment. These two aspects of my history inform my practice. They compel me to embrace moments and interactions that are neither singular nor binary and instead are multi-faceted and complex. My work deconstructs the false dichotomies of transience and permanence, chaos and control, fragility and strength.
My practice is 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 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.
In its consideration of in-between-ness, my work is about being honest and paying attention. It is about the human experience of simultaneously knowing and not knowing.
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, 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.