Transformation, evidence of work, accidents, the time contained in the humanity of the objects – all that stuff is crucial to get at what I’m trying to get at, which is a way of connecting to the world, ways of knowing ourselves through the things we encounter. — Jessica Jackson Hutchins
In Chair Pillow, Portland-based artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins hybridizes two common objects. The chair and the pillow are designed to connect to the human body, and for many years Hutchins has been interested in the psychological implications of how these utilitarian objects relate to the body, function in space, and become part of our lived environments. Here, the chair is a painting on the pillow, which is a slumped, freestanding sculpture. The object takes on a human character and begins to hint at a whole history of human interactions and memories. Hutchins’ work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and is in public collections throughout the US.
© jessica jackson hutchins, photo credit: worksighted