Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Jen Hitchings.
In the video Hitchings discusses her narrative paintings of which she has written: "once, i found myself situated in a room with about a dozen others all focusing on the outcome of an event unfolding in our presence. that focal point, which consisted of another person and their fate, was the common thread between all of us. the moments spent in that room were ones that no participating party would be able to forget, and it spawned vigorous changes in the relationships of each involved. though my work had already concerned human relationships, from that point on it became a more prevalent, dominating, and undeniable source of content, and slowly manifested itself into visual forms."
Hitchings comments: "I paint from photographs, usually of a group of people at a party or some kind of celebration. They're always of very sporadic and candid moments. I'll usually draw from the photograph first, and then make the painting from the drawing. The first moments on the canvas are always the most terrifying for me. I'll sometimes paint an irrelevant landscape, or use a palette inspired by some image in my studio to start. Once the canvas is covered with paint, I'll start painting from the drawing. A lot of things in the original photograph make it into the painting, proportions are often accurate, but during the process of painting many objects/figures grow and become attached to one another."
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