Portraits and ponderings from the writing desk of Jill Foote-Hutton.

Road Trip Series

My work reflects a desire to place myself in a larger context and create a dialogue with my audience. Using a combination of ceramic and found objects organized in specific situations, I create a sense of time and place through installation and sometimes-performative aspects.

Most recently my investigations have focused on departures from traditional display formats. In an age where art for the masses means television and film, how can the object, the image find a path out of the sanctity of the gallery? How can the conversation be expanded to include individuals not indoctrinated in the halls of traditional art school formats? Shakespeare created work bridging the gap between the privileged and the proletariat. Anonymous graffiti artist Banksy creates work understood by the masses, thumbing a nose at the bourgeois. Technology, commercialism and standardization pervade contemporary art. Is this the best way to infiltrate and inculcate a new audience?

The “Road Trip” series is an effort to connect with individuals and groups. The abstracted “Fortune Dolls”, featured in every image of the series, were made in my studio and given away or left along the path of my travels. An acknowledgement of a sincere human interaction in a world filled with misunderstanding. The prints record the journey, reference the road and celebrate the haphazard whimsy of following your bliss. I GIVE the art object away. The memory, in the form of a print or postcard, is for sale.