Motherhood inspires Hutson's senior art exhibit

Release Date: 12/2/2013

Madeline "Madi" Hutson will present her senior art exhibit, titled "momfession: honesty in motherhood," from Dec. 2-6 in the Stephens Gallery.

Work by Madeline Hutson.

Senior Madeline "Madi" Hutson will present her senior art exhibit "momfession: honesty in motherhood" from Dec. 2-6 in the Stephens Gallery.

There will be a reception to meet the artist at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will be available for viewing by the public throughout the week.

Hutson, a senior art major from Clarksville who will graduate this December, said "momfession: honesty in motherhood" is "a physical manifestation of my internal dialogue."

"I make mixed media sculptures and paintings, because they allow multi-faceted, layered expression to be incorporated into one piece," Hutson said. "In my artwork, I utilize a mix of organic and geometric components.  I like to use simple, ordinary materials and turn them into something beautiful that communicates a more complex idea."

Hutson said inspiration for her artwork comes from her role as a busy wife, mother and student.

"Ideas for new artwork usually flood my mind when my loud, busy world as a wife and mother gets quiet: in the middle of the night when nursing my little boy or in the car on my long drives to and from school," she said. "My work could easily be termed 'responses to stress,' because most of my pieces depict a personal struggle I am working through as a new mother.  By allowing my fears and worries to live outside my mind in an artwork, I can acknowledge their existence without conceding my life and attitude to their control.

Hutson added that "the depth of my work comes from acknowledging that motherhood is both beautiful and arduous, both pleasure and sacrifice. By entering into my own joys and struggles, I hope that the viewer is able to process some of their own experiences and is given a temporary sanctuary from life's stresses."