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Meg Hitchcock
Parable V, Collage of Cut Text with Abstract Geometric Shapes, Flower, Animal

2020

$3,000

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This meditative and intricate work by Meg Hitchcock is composed of hand cut, typed words on paper in a flower shape towards the top right corner of the composition. Tiny letters are cut from the Koran and rearranged to form text from The Parable of the Burning House from the Lotus Sutra, in tight lines, a careful arrangement of typed letters. Surrounding the collage of cut text, brightly colored, abstract geometric shapes in light yellow, metallic gold leaf, dark hunter green, teal blue and burnt red orange are vibrant and dramatic against the off-white background. The exuberance of the bright geometry contrasts the refined, careful order in the cut letters and faint, delicate lines, some hand-stitched with embroidery thread. This work in acrylic, graphite, embroidery thread, type, and gold leaf on paper is framed in a natural wood frame, 13.5 x 11.75 inches (unframed), 16 3/8 x 14.25 inches (framed). Meg Hitchcock’s work addresses the limitations of language and interpretation and questions the exclusivity of fundamentalist belief systems. 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. This series, Illuminated Manuscripts, combines sacred texts with painting, drawing, sewing, and burning. Incorporating a visual language that Hitchcock developed over the years renders her own interpretation of an ancient tradition. Instead of illuminating a long-established, patriarchal religion, the state of awareness is instead illuminated. This state of being is found at the heart of all spiritual traditions, the resting place for all belief systems. The Illuminated Manuscripts are at once serious and playful, drawing upon traditional practices with a contemporary spin that negates a single perspective. Like Holy Scripture, the Illuminated Manuscripts express various ways of perceiving, with multiple frames of reference. Meg Hitchcock’s work is in the collections of Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Library, Yale University, Nouf Al-Saud of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, Christopher Rothko, New York, NY, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA, to name a few. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The New Criterion, Art in America and many other publications. Hitchcock earned a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA and studied at the Fortman and Cecil-Graves Studios, Florence, Italy.

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