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 Re:depiction catalogue, including an essay by Allison Harding and an introduction by Marc Mayer, can be viewed here. 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.
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.