Katie Hector

Katie Hector’s portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers become allegories of longing, intimacy, and grief as responses to isolation and dissociation. Layering bleach and dye on canvas, Hector builds up and erases sections of her canvases to create composite likenesses. Within each painting, Hector tests the limits of her canvas fibers to retain or release pigment. As such, the surfaces preserve memories of her process and help produce the final afterimage, which reads as an impression of personhood—an uncanny portrait.


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