The last time there was chaos

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The last time there was chaos, lithograph, 2001

Jennifer Hughes received an MFA in Printmaking in 2002. She writes, "After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2002, I returned to Boston to teach. Currently, I teach part-time at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Medicine Wheel School and the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program. I also help manage exhibitions the Resnikoff Gallery of Roxbury Community College. For a year now, I have had a studio space at the Vernon Street Studios in Somerville, MA, which has a strong and vibrant arts community."

Of her work, Hughes writes, "Most recently I have begun a new series of large woodcuts, printed as monoprints with other found textures and imagery. Bertha's Curtains, for example, uses the lace from my mother as a printed texture attached to another printed image. I'd had that lace for some time, and the printed image for a while as well. It just took some time to see the two together as a pair. My prints reference hands, not as an act of placidly surrendering, but of giving oneself to a higher force (whatever that force may be) and not feeling that every thing, every little detail has be to be controlled. Happy mistakes, kismet, fate.. . or as my father would say (with a sigh and shrug of his shoulders) 'stuff happens.' In my life and in my art, I try to recognize those occurrences and allow them to lead my creativity.."

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