Artist name: Desiré Hough
Featured Work 1: Nike Hoodie (2015, Lint, sweatshirt strings, tape and photo on paper)
This textured work is part of a series called, I Am the Mess I Make. This title as well as the title of Desiré Hough’s art book, I’m Well, Not Really, reveal an artistic tendency to delve into the less sanitized and less predictable sides of life, rather than skirting the outer limits and keeping a safe distance. It also resonates with her intention stated in the answers below to “make things that I want to see instead of what others like.”
Featured Work 2: Television Vision (2014)
This work was made with washable marker colors which flower on a white paper base. It features a circle with multiple layers of bleeding media screen symbols that create a gaping face and a merging between the viewer and the viewed.
5 Questions for the Artist:
1. What is art to you?
“Art is the mechanism needed to create things that don’t visually exist in reality.”
2. What did you make in the past, and why?
“I used to make art that contained subject matter that I thought other people would want to see, which I can partially blame on studying art at a prestigious university such as Vanderbilt, where avoiding failure took front seat and overshadowed radical exploration of my mind. The content of my work used to involve only realistic circumstances, such as real portraits of people, objects or landscapes. At this point in time, I really was only painting and drawing.”
3. What are you making now, and why?
“I realized one day that I needed to re-focus my purpose of creating, become more selfish with it, and make things that I want to see instead of what others like. I now make art so I can look at it because it brings me satisfaction in the purest sense. I’ve also become more in-touch with tactile importance, so I’ve been making more 3d work like mixed-media sculptures.”
4. What are your hopes for the future?
“I hope to make more installation-based work to create entire environments that step outside of common occurrences and that remain in people’s memories like vivid dreams. I also hope to make more “coffee table” books that offer insight to people who can relate to my train of thoughts.”
(5. Do you want to add anything? no)
Artist Supplied Background:
Desiré Hough grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania observing her grandmother paint surreal versions of local architecture. She started formal art instruction with traditional black-and-white photography at Earlham College (Richmond, IN) and then continued studying studio art, focusing on painting and sculpture at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) where she received her BA in May of 2014. She has worked as a scenic fabricator helping create museum exhibits nationwide for 1220 Exhibits (Nashville, TN). She currently works on mixed-media sculptures and collages at her studio at the Ground Floor Gallery (Nashville, TN). In the year 2015, Hough has exhibited her work in Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, Providence, RI, Huntington, WV, and Hartsville, SC, and at Art Basal in Miami, Fl. She also has self-published an art book in 2015 titled: “I’m Well, Not Really.” Her work is also accessible on Facebook and Instagram.
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