Culled from an archive of slides taken in the 1950's and 60's, the images utilized in the exhibit Interruption are manipulated using visual language of decoration and cancellation. Influenced in part by Proto-Renaissance paintings, these contemporary iterations use accessible materials and familiar subjects to create moments of mystical fiction. The glitter flocking embellishments are craft-store-versions of punched gold-leaf; photography and digital editing software a modern substitution for oil paint. Each piece contains calculated, surreal moments within familiar contexts, leading the viewer to ask further questions about life, death, and resurrection.
Kelly Hider received her BFA from SUNY Brockport in 2007, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2011. Hider’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and regionally, including solo exhibitions at the University of Rochester, NY, The Ewing Gallery and Gallery 1010 in Knoxville, TN, and the Blackberry Farm Gallery at the Clayton Arts Center in Maryville, TN. Hider's work was recently featured of the cover of the arts publication Number, and her work was selected for this year’s Positive/Negative exhibition at Slocumb Galleries at ETSU. Hider is presently the Gallery Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She is also a founding member of the Vacuum Shop Studios, where her studio is located, and serves as Co-Chair of the Dogwood Regional Fine Arts Exhibit.