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Posted on: May 9, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Reception for Pam Barrett Hackett’s ‘Hypnopompia’ in the City Hall Rotunda May 10

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts, a division of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation, announces the reception for artist Pam Barrett Hackett. The reception will be held in the City Hall Rotunda May 10, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This is a solo show for Hackett, entitled Hypnopompia. 

Hypnopompia: a metaphorical place between states of consciousness, where the landscape is constructed of dreams, memories, and imagination. In this ambiguous state, the conscious mind is called to make order, to justify, to seek ground. The imagery in this body of work is meant to evoke the process of the waking mind, embodying a sense of transience between the disparate elements of ether and earth, light and weight, breath and bone.

The abstract paintings in Hypnopompia are created using a visual language inspired by the structures of biology, geology, and geography. Hackett explains, “I paint intuitively, creating both visual and physical depth through layers of paint and mixed media. Each piece is built over time, creating a physical history of waxy layers, scraped, incised, burnished, and drawn into. The process of constructing the imagery is revealed through texture, translucent layers, and remaining bits of rejected possibilities that mark the surface.”

Hackett held the following exhibitions in 2017, Wax Stories II. Niza Knoll Gallery. Denver, CO, Juror: Patricia Aaron; Contemporary Encaustic 2017. Royal Contemporary Fine Art. Florence, CO (Bronze Award), Jurors: Lisa Steele and Lauren Lipinski Eisen; Faculty Biennial Exhibition. University of North Georgia. Bob Owens Gallery, Dahlonega, GA. Roy C. Moore Art; Gallery, Gainesville, GA and Oconee Art Gallery, Oconee, GA; Curated by: Victoria Cooke; In Flawed Abundance. New Art Center. Newton, MA (catalog), Juror: Miles Conrad. Her body of work includes many exhibitions dating back to 1998. Hackett is currently part of the Adjunct Faculty with the University of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA. She received her MFA in Painting from State University of New York, New Paltz. Awards include:

  • Bronze Award, Contemporary Encaustic Exhibit. Royal Contemporary Gallery (2017)
  • Georgia Watercolor Society Award, Georgia Small Works Exhibit. OCAF (2016)
  • Scholarship, International Encaustic Artists Retreat (2016)
  • Purchase Award, Landscape: A Sense of Place. Site: Brooklyn (2016)
  • Director’s Award, First LaGrange Southeast Regional Exhibition. LaGrange Art Museum (2016)
  • Award of Excellence, Little Impulses. Soulard Art Market and Contemporary Gallery (2014)
  • Artist in Residence, Schenectady School of Fine Arts (2003-04)
  • New York Foundation for the Arts, Special Opportunities Stipend (2004)

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