CHRISTY  HENGST

 

     Relationship -- with oneself, between people, and with place --runs throughout Christy Hengst's work.  She has spent over three and a half decades making mixed media paintings as well as  site-specific public art. 

     Early on, sense of place became a passion for Hengst.  For her thesis at Amherst College in Massachusetts she wanted to explore making work that was related to its surroundings.  She also wanted the work itself to be more than just an architectural element, but a rich, valuable image on its own.  Having chosen the Amherst College Science Center as her site, she conducted months of interviews with students, professors and maintenance crew as well as sketchbooks full of drawings from the rooftop to the bowels of the building, and eventually installed six large mixed media paintings in the second floor hallway there. 
     That was the first of many public projects integrating relationship with place, including a treasure hunt circle of paintings in a small town in Massachusetts, three bus stops in Santa Fe, a large collaborative sculpture for a plaza in Cuenca, Ecuador, a Haiku Path in a college courtyard and the four-year traveling international installation "birds in the park".

     Soon after college, Hengst travelled westward in a station wagon with a bed in the back, a cabinet she had built with her dad packed with gessoed panels, and a cigar box full of oil sticks, visiting people and painting all along the way until eventually landing in Santa Fe, NM. 
     There she met her future husband and creative partner for life, German blacksmith Helmut Hillenkamp.  Together they have collaborated on many public and private projects, including raising two kids.  Whether working on paintings shown in solo gallery or museum shows internationally, or the larger public art projects made for specific places, travel, family and love have always been integral to Hengst's work.

     Hengst's studio is in Santa Fe, in a highly creative neighborhood of artists and craftspeople where cross-discipline collaboration is common, including with her husband's blacksmith shop next door.  She travels often to NY to visit her mom who still lives there.  At age 52, with kids out of the house, a meditation practice, and an experienced understanding of materials and process, Hengst continues to investigate the mysteries of place and relationship.

 

BLOG SECTIONS

Bio

CHRISTY  HENGST

 

     Relationship -- with oneself, between people, and with place --runs throughout Christy Hengst's work.  She has spent over three and a half decades making mixed media paintings as well as  site-specific public art. 

     Early on, sense of place became a passion for Hengst.  For her thesis at Amherst College in Massachusetts she wanted to explore making work that was related to its surroundings.  She also wanted the work itself to be more than just an architectural element, but a rich, valuable image on its own.  Having chosen the Amherst College Science Center as her site, she conducted months of interviews with students, professors and maintenance crew as well as sketchbooks full of drawings from the rooftop to the bowels of the building, and eventually installed six large mixed media paintings in the second floor hallway there. 
     That was the first of many public projects integrating relationship with place, including a treasure hunt circle of paintings in a small town in Massachusetts, three bus stops in Santa Fe, a large collaborative sculpture for a plaza in Cuenca, Ecuador, a Haiku Path in a college courtyard and the four-year traveling international installation "birds in the park".

     Soon after college, Hengst travelled westward in a station wagon with a bed in the back, a cabinet she had built with her dad packed with gessoed panels, and a cigar box full of oil sticks, visiting people and painting all along the way until eventually landing in Santa Fe, NM. 
     There she met her future husband and creative partner for life, German blacksmith Helmut Hillenkamp.  Together they have collaborated on many public and private projects, including raising two kids.  Whether working on paintings shown in solo gallery or museum shows internationally, or the larger public art projects made for specific places, travel, family and love have always been integral to Hengst's work.

     Hengst's studio is in Santa Fe, in a highly creative neighborhood of artists and craftspeople where cross-discipline collaboration is common, including with her husband's blacksmith shop next door.  She travels often to NY to visit her mom who still lives there.  At age 52, with kids out of the house, a meditation practice, and an experienced understanding of materials and process, Hengst continues to investigate the mysteries of place and relationship.

 

BLOG SECTIONS