Statement

My work explores the relationships of people, our communities, and the plant life that supports and surrounds us. I collect plant material from locations where it is overlooked or decayed: street side yard waste, past-due food waste, or spent cemetery bouquets. All these provide rich material for studying how and what we use, value, and discard. 

Recent work arises from an inquiry into the dynamics of decay and renewal. Compost “prints” are made by composting directly on top of synthetic paper. The resulting stains and mud smears record the decomposition process and vary depending on which plants were added to the pile and how long they sat. I have added marks with traditional art-making materials both before and after the composting process. I call them “prints” because they record an organic process that happens largely beyond my control. 

The sculpture and monotypes are inspired by trees in my neighborhood that were cut down, cubed, and deposited on the street as waste. My efforts are an impulse to mark their passing and, by extension, to cope with the psychic burden of environmental degradation. 


About the Artist

Amy Hibbs is a Northern California native who enjoyed an extended youth in far-flung places before settling in the Bay Area. Her background as a garden instructor strongly informs her understanding of plants; her childhood gardening alongside her mother informs her sensibility; and her travels in Japan likewise inform her aesthetic. She received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland. She received the graduate affiliate award at the Headlands Center for the Arts and was the recent recipient of a printmaking residency at the Palo Alto Art Center. She lives in San Jose with her husband and two children. 

 

Amy Hibbs c.v.

Born 1971 in Livermore, California. Lives and works in San Jose, California 

Education

1993    Bachelor of Arts, Mills College, Oakland, CA

2003   Master of Fine Arts, Mills College, Oakland, CA

 

Selected Awards/Residencies

“Being Human” Residency, Palo Alto Art Center, 2018. A collaborative residency exploring what it means to be an artist and a parent. Jill Miller, facilitator.

Printmaking Residency, Palo Alto Art Center, 2019

Cubberley Studio Award, Palo Alto, 2007-2012

Affiliate Artist Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, 2004-2005

MFA Studio Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, 2003-2004

Exhibitions

2018

Misfit Maker Factory, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Residency at Palo Alto Art Center: Being Human, collaborative residency exploring what it means to be an artist and a parent. Jill Miller, facilitator.

Turgor Pressure, Peephole Cinema, San Francisco, CA, group video exhibition

The More the Merrier, Art Ark, San Jose, CA

Blown Up Bridal Bouquet, Bewilder Floral, Berkeley, CA


2017

Misfit Maker Factory, Root Division, San Fransisco, CA

2016

Lovers & Other Strangers, Branner Spanenberg Gallery, Redwood City, CA

Summer Bacchanal, Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Redwood City, CA

Politics (NOT) as Usual, Branner Spangenberg Gallery, Redwood City, CA

Misfit Toy Factory, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

 

2015

Misfit Toy Factory, Root Division, San Francisco, CA


2014

85 Years, 85 Artists, Menlo College Gallery, Menlo Park, CA


2013

Dialoguing with Sacred Text:  Sacred Texts Past, Present and Future, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara

Peaceable Kingdom, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek


2012

Graphite, Inks, and Other Means, Palo Alto City Hall

The Victoria Crown Affair, Castilleja School, Palo Alto

Misfit Toy Factory, Root Division, San Francisco

 

2011

Bloom, Palo Alto City Hall

Misfit Toy Factory, Root Division, San Francisco

 

2010

50/50 Show: 50 Works in 50 Days, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

A Space of One’s Own, Palo Alto City Hall

 

2009

Permutations from Nature’s Perimeter: Radius 2009, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto

Monotype Marathon, ICA, San Jose

Cubberley Artists, Palo Alto City Hall

 

2008

Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

From the Press, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto

Selected Prints, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto

SVOS Expo, San Jose

Monotype Marathon, ICA, San Jose

California History Walk, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland

 

2005

The Diorama Show, Mission 17 Gallery, San Francisco

Second Hand Rose, 12 Years of Woodfire History, Catharine Hiersoux Gallery, Berkeley

 

2004

Go West!, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California

Elevation, Mission 17 Gallery, San Francisco