Hughen/Starkweather were invited to create an art installation for the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, focusing on sacred objects in the permanent collection. The resulting project, Re:depiction, is a visual translation of these objects via memory and language. The installation consisted of six large abstract works on paper, each accompanied by an audio recording of a voice describing a specific object in the collection. Museum visitors were encouraged to find the objects in the museum, closing a loop connecting abstraction, memory, language, and translation. The project is now in the museum's permanent collection, and was shown in the exhibition First Look: Recent Acquisitions.
The Re:depiction catalogue, including an essay by Allison Harding and an introduction by Marc Mayer, can be viewed here.
Hughen/Starkweather is the collaborative team of San Francisco artists Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen. They create artworks based on the layers and complexities that comprise a specific place or topic. Their source materials include interviews, photographs, data, maps, and personal documentation. The resulting artworks are abstract, but contain visible traces of the source materials.
All images © Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Photos by Quincy Stamper.