Earlier works are created using sacred texts. Hitchcock began the unorthodox act of cutting letters from one book to form the writings of another in her drawings and collages. She refers to this as cross-pollination. Words flow into one another without spaces or punctuation, obscuring their literal meaning and recreating common threads among scripture. Rather than expressing a single religion, the reconstructed words acknowledge commonality between them. The repetitive act of cutting and pasting is a form of meditation for Hitchcock and facilitates her personal introspection.
Illuminate, Works on Paper
September 19 - November 8, 2020
Outdoor Opening Reception
September 19, 5-7 pm, weather permitting
ILLUMINATE is an exhibition of three related bodies of work dating from 2008 to the present and represents Meg Hitchcock’s lifelong interest in religion, literature and psychology. Meticulously crafted collages that possess a transcendent beauty and reflect an intellectual curiosity, they reveal a devotional, perhaps even obsessive, art practice.
Her most recent body of work, Illuminated Manuscripts, is a series that combines sacred text with painting, drawing, sewing and burning. A mature vision of heightened awareness, Meg Hitchcock’s glorious works elevate the spirit, challenge our thinking and reinforce her core belief when she states: “I find it to be deeply comforting to exchange my belief in God for a trust in humanity.”
Visitors to the gallery will have an opportunity to help create a collaborative work of art using Hitchcock’s vintage typewriter and pre-cut words.
The third body of work represented is a devotional work inspired by a vintage typewriter that Hitchcock found in an antique store. Rather than cutting words from books, she experimented with typing a single word from scripture over and over again, effectively making the word meaningless. The repetition of the word and sound of the typewriter became a mantra. The addition of slight manipulations of color or careful placement of the words on a page, accentuated parts of the word to create ambiguities and multiple interpretations. Again, she negates the literal meaning of words as a way to seek a universal truth.