June 3 – July 30, 2022
VIRGINIA HUNGATE-HAWK | What is Visible, What is Imagined
313 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Opening Reception: June 2, 2022 at 6 – 8 pm
Virginia Hungate-Hawk’s body of work, in development since 2013, explores the ways in which humans try to define, interpret, and understand their world through cartography. Fascinated by the invisible divides we create, her etchings often read as abstracted maps: “Unless a border is defined by a natural formation such as a river or a coast, lines on a map are constructs.” Constructs which, the artist points out, humans are willing to fight wars over – and which can inform identity, lived experience, and worldview. Whereas maps present a static version of our world with each area discretely defined, Hungate-Hawk’s images are filled with moving forms that overlap and interact with each other in a way that more accurately represents the fluidity of precisely what human-made divides signify.
Virginia Hungate-Hawk (American, b. 1985) was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a BA in Studio Art and Geography from Macalester College and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Notre Dame. She has taught at museums and art centers around the Pacific Northwest including Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle Art Museum, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Stadium High School. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in several private and public collections.