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Installation-How Long Has It Been Since You've Been Outside, Marietta College, 2022

 "By using her art to step outside the sanitized views of mortality and grieving that permeate our culture, Hess has steadied herself and explored new emotional and psychological depths."

 

 John Seed

 

Golden Hour
Golden Hour

oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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Blue Flower
Blue Flower

oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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Sift
Sift

oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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 "Artist mothers have existed before the current time but we are now talking about it. embracing it. making work about it."  

 

RECENT WORK

To schedule a studio visit or zoom studio visit contact erikabhess@gmail.com

Golden Hour
Golden Hour

oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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Blue Flower
Blue Flower

oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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Sift
Sift

oil on canvas 60x48 2022

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Upward
Upward

12x10 oil on panel upward

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Rocky Mountains-Missoula
Rocky Mountains-Missoula

12x10 oil on panel upward

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Wheat Flower
Wheat Flower

12x10 oil on panel upward

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Full Moon
Full Moon

12x10 oil on panel upward

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Fog
Fog

12x10 oil on panel upward

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Upside Down Universe
Upside Down Universe

12x10 oil on panel upward

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22_hess_pinkmoon_10x12_300dpi
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22_Hess_Summit_12x10_300
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hess_22_peek_10x12_300
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22_hess_found_24x30_300dpi
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Lost
Lost

Oil on panel 24" x 30"

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Sunset Puddle
Sunset Puddle

oil on panel 24" x 30" 2021

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Connected
Connected

oil on panel 24" x 30" 2021

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Surrounded
Surrounded

oil on panel 24" x 30" 2021

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Move
Move

Oil on birch panel 24" x 24" 2021

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Kiss the Sky
Kiss the Sky

oil on panel 24" x 24" 2021

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Drift
Drift

oil on panel 24" x 24" 2021

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Sail
Sail

oil on panel 24" x 24" 2021

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Reflections on Drowning I
Reflections on Drowning I

oil on panel 48" x 36" 2021

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Reflections on Drowning III
Reflections on Drowning III

oil on panel 48" x 36" 2021

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Reflections on Drowning II
Reflections on Drowning II

oil on panel 48" x 36" 2021

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Puddle Drawing 1
Puddle Drawing 1

9" x 12"

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Puddle Drawing 2
Puddle Drawing 2

9" x 12"

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Puddle Drawing 3
Puddle Drawing 3

9" x 12"

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Both secular and cosmic “Birthing Pains” contains a feminist creation myth that simultaneously refers to birth, consciousness and loss. Hess likes revisiting and updating themes from the past and “Birthing Pains” carries echoes of Botticelli’s Renaissance “Venus,” who is best described as a weightless Neo-Platonic ideal. Hess’ self-aware goddess can be seen as an emotionally charged icon of womanhood that embodies a less-idealized but more conscious deity born into anxious times. -John Seed, exhibition catalog Marietta College