Hope Thier is a current Master of Arts candidate attending Minnesota State University-Mankato. She graduated from there in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Raised in Moorhead, MN she then moved to Marquette, MI for two years while attending school and then transferred to MNSU. She currently teaches at Minnesota State University-Mankato, Arts Center of St. Peter, and is the Program Director for Twin Rivers Council for the Arts' festival Arts by the River.
While snooping through my great grandmother’s belongings, I found late 19th and early 20th century photographs and stories of untold familial histories, from that of my own family and others. I have taken to adopting these families, and I am attracted to these almost forgotten narratives and developing these incomplete truths about past relatives into fictionalized characters and false histories.
I strive to develop a chaotic but structured quality in my work. While doing so, I explore relationships. The relationships evolve between myself and the material, myself and the characters, and the characters and the material. By observing and learning from the processes of ceramics, welding, photography and other areas I incorporate those techniques into my paintings.
The process of painting is as important to me as the finished work. Each painting begins with a direction that I want to take the work in, and I rely on intuition when establishing the rest. Scale is also a factor I consider, as I want the viewer to step back and become slowly absorbed into each painting, but also get closer and become more intimate with the work while exploring the details within it. Letting the embedded imagery within the processed field create it's own narrative. Qualities of illustration can be seen in many of my paintings. My interest in illustrative qualities, or ideas relating to illustration, have become increasingly evident in my work.
If you would like to inquire about purchasing an original or commissioning a painting please feel free to contact me. Also, if you would like to purchase a print of an original that is not featured in the Shop section that can be arranged as well.
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