Heather Hutchison

Saugerties, New York, USA

In the late 1980s I began incorporating ambient light as a primary material in my constructed works that I consider as both painting and sculpture. As a result of intense observation and contemplation of nature, my works capture the essence of the phenomena of light and how it shifts over time in natural environments. Although I utilize diverse media and methods for my bent Plexiglas structures, works on paper, beeswax paintings on Plexiglas, photographs, and video works, each and every piece is a direct inquiry into the perceptual experience of color, light, and shadow particular to a time of day and place. Geometry and the grid in particular have always given me a format in which to distill information learned from nature to its most essential. Recently, I have been emphasizing the horizontal world that surrounds us, and I have found solace in the ever-present rhythms and syncopations that are constant in the natural world.

Daylight is an integral, animating element in my work. The materials appear at times constructed and solid, transparent and intangible, or actively kinetic depending on the angle of the light, the shadows on and around the work, and the movement or position of the viewer. This intrinsic and constant state of change challenges ideas of objectivity and perception before a work of art.

Self-taught and guided by a reverence for working from an economy of means I have developed and innovated methods and mediums as well as hand-building and bending Plexiglas forms to facilitate my artistic process. Though seemingly minimalist, the hand of the artist is very much present in these works. This creates a tension between the tactility of material and the pristine quality these paintings have in changing light. The works, both inspired by and activated by light, are focused contemplations of this intangible element, created in hopes of inspiring a renewed awareness of the ever-shifting subtleties of daylight and illumination.

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