Residency: April - August 2017
Final Exhibition - Information Coming Soon!
I often find myself equally if not more interested in the process by which something was made than the thing itself. The worlds of manufacturing and production are hidden from the eyes and ears of the consumer and because of that the histories of the things that surround us often remain untold. I use my artistic practice as a means of research to know more and to communicate about those histories as well as the literal and metaphorical dramas that play out within them.
Through research, experimentation, physical and digital fabrication, and installation, I make works of visual fiction about an imagined space of perpetual incompleteness where everything is always in transit, never arriving at its destination, always in production and never truly finished. While its subject matter shifts with each project, my work is about how and why our conventional experiences, environments, relationships, and understanding come to exist and function - quite literally how they are built.
Hartwig's work questions constructs of power and control that enforce balance. She uses art making as an active and urgent attempt to create a movable fulcrum that draws attention, questioning, and awareness to our shared state of being. Her work merges formal training of finely crafted objects and illustration with experimental approaches to new material. Specific place, space and material context are often integral to Hartwig's work.