My work involves contemporary issues in my life as well as those in the world around me. The individual and social topics I choose to depict are global issues that not only serve as a method in which to deal with my own frustrations with my past, present and future, but also serve as a way for viewers to think about frustrations in their own experience.
I am fascinated with depicting human experience and have often used chairs as a way in which to do so. I see chairs as a metaphor of human life and am attracted to the sense of emptiness that an unoccupied chair creates.
I have also explored similar ideas using mixed media installations and prints. The specific material used is chosen in support of the ultimate implication behind the work. I bring together objects that trigger personal experience and are familiar enough to invite common memories and connections within the viewer. My desire is to provide viewers with the ability to see these images through my perspective, while also allowing them to create their own insight through the broad and slightly ambiguous nature of the final piece.
Hope received a MFA in Ceramics/Glass from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, a Filmmaking Certificate from the Seattle Film Institute, and a BFA from Maine College of Art with an emphasis in sculpture and printmaking. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts and Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA. Hope was a 2011 Artist-in-Residence at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC and is presently an Advisory Board Member to Watershed Center for the Ceramic Art, Newcastle, ME. Hope is currently an instructor at The Clay Studio's School.
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