Kristy Hughes makes collaged paintings about the human experience of knowing and not knowing through the negotiation of new and found material. She navigates between the contradictions of internal and external experience. Creating equal space for dichotomies, she rewrites personal experiences through layers of collage. She adds and takes away, puzzle-pieces, and embeds the object’s form with content. Her work is about in-between-ness and searching through the process of making, to create a space where contradictions co-exist.
"Color is a language and it is relative. This means it can say different things, according to its placement. It’s like a code to decipher. At the same time, it is like poetry, never fully meant to be explained."
Kristy Hughes lives and works in South Georgia, where she teaches at Valdosta State University. She holds an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University and a MA and BA from Eastern Illinois University. She was recently awarded a Liquitex Research Residency with Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NY and has also attended residencies at The Studios at MASS MoCA, The Hambidge Center, Stutz Artists Association in Indianapolis, and a full fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. Hughes has shown in invitational and juried group shows across the US and internationally.