Knoxville, TN | Mixed Media
Kelly Hider was raised in Rochester, NY. She received her BFA from SUNY Brockport in 2007, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2011. She has had 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 is the Gallery Coordinator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and resides in Knoxville, TN. She Co-Chairs the Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Art Exhibit, and a founding member of the Vacuum Shop Studios where her studio is located.
I manipulate photographs by means of digital editing and surface embellishments to create new and unsettling images. Recent work uses photographs culled from an archive of slides taken in the 1950's. Using visual language motivated by decoration and cancellation, and influenced in part by Proto-Renaissance paintings, these contemporary expressions use accessible materials and familiar subjects to create a tableaux of mystical fiction. Each piece contains calculated, surreal moments, leading the viewer to reflect about life, death, and resurrection.