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Meg HitchcockMeg Hitchcock, Forgive Me No. 3, 2018, Collage and thorns on archival rag paper
Meg Hitchcock works with sacred texts, cutting letters and combining them to create intricate designs. Her work addresses the limitations of language and interpretation, and questions the exclusivity of fundamentalist belief systems. Letters are cut from a Bible and rearranged into a passage from the Koran, letters from the Koran are transformed into verses from the Torah, and so on. By deconstructing and recombining the holy books of diverse religions, she undermines their authority and animates the common thread that weaves through all scripture. For Forgive Me No. 3, papers were cut from The Secret of the Golden Flower, an early Chinese sacred text, and collaged with thorns on archival rag paper. As a former evangelical Christian, Hitchcock is interested in the psychology of authority, surrender, and transcendence. The repetition of cutting and placing letters simulates the liturgical sacraments of the Church, and alludes to the recitations of Eastern religions. The labor-intensive aspect of her work is a meditation practice as well as an exploration of the various forms of devotion. Hitchcock’s work is a celebration of the diverse experiences of spirituality, as well as an acknowledgment of the desire for connection with something larger than oneself. By blurring the boundaries between religions, she suggests that the holy word of God may be nothing more than a sublime expression of our shared humanity. Meg Hitchcock is an artist living and working in the Hudson Valley, New York. She received her BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied classical painting in Florence, Italy. Her work with sacred texts is a culmination of her lifelong interest in religion, literature, and psychology. Hitchcock's work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Berlin, and reviewed in Art in America, ArtCritical, The Boston Globe, The New Criterion, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and The Daily Beast.
- Creation Year2018
- Movement & Style
- Condition DetailsThis work of art is glazed with plexiglas. Very high-quality, archival matting and framing in natural wood finish. For Forgive Me No. 3, papers were cut from The Secret of the Golden Flower, an early Chinese sacred text, and collaged with thorns.
- DimensionsH 10 in. x W 8.25 in.H 25.4 cm x W 20.96 cm
- Gallery LocationBrooklyn, NY
- Reference NumberLU17222793223
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