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Meet Steffi Hibbard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steffi Hibbard.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
In the attempt of being unique, I fear I may be dreadfully common. I completed high school with ease and graduated at 17-years-old.

I am freshly 29-years-old now. I began my studies at Florida International University that Fall and stumbled around the College of Science and Art for six years because what teen/young twenty-year-old knows what they want to do with their life? I graduated with a BA in Art but had taken four years of Chemistry/Physics/Biology/Mathematics courses, as well.  My educational background in the sciences afforded me the opportunity to teach science at the high school level for four years. It was a brilliantly beautiful and terrifyingly awakening experience and yet again, I was faced with that unnerving and relentlessly devouring question: What do you want to do with your life? That slowly but surely consumed my life until I finally realized teaching science wasn’t the answer to the question. As the tides were changing, I applied to FIU to enter the MFA Program. In the Fall of 2016, I began my first semester as a graduate student with a focus in the Visual Arts. Now, I am about to enter my third and final year of the MFA Program. I am a mentee with Art Table and I am preparing for summer exhibitions at The Frank Gallery in Pembroke Pines and The KER Gallery in Doral.

Please tell us about your art.
The artwork I create is primarily abstracted paintings. The tonality of these paintings gives off a sense of a landscape but nothing from this universe. They are more like mind-scapes where I am sharing my documentation of my physical movements and mental state at a specific moment on our liner timeline with the viewer. The viewer may even see themselves in the work; their emotions, thoughts, daily activities, etc. The artwork is not deliberate in the sense of representing any symbols, places, politics, ideas, etc.

The beginning of a painting is always the same, water is poured onto the unprimed canvas as my way of introducing an uncontrollable factor to it before applying paint. My mediums are acrylic paint, water and charcoal. The process is key; my subconscious mind is in control of the mechanics of my kinesthetic movements. From this point, it is a performance of action and reaction until an overwhelming sense of equilibrium has formed. Energy is expelled, matter is displaced, and my mind is at peace momentarily until the next piece of canvas is torn. The process continues.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Advice – Do not think you can only participate in one medium forever or even at a time. You can be a master in multiple areas, just continue to let your artistic soul flow.

Lessons learned – This will never be an easy path but you know that you’re on the right one if you’ve got the grit and tough skin to stick with it. You want critiques that are hard to hear and bluntly honest, no sugar and spice. You should never settle for a critique that is solely positive because then you’re either not up to your potential or whomever is critiquing you is not truly interested and invested in you and your artwork. Pay attention to that. But you want notations on how to improve. You need to hear what’s wrong, what the problems are but you also should hear solutions, paths to travel down, artists or techniques to research, etc. There should be a balance.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
How can people see my work?

Website – www.steffihibbard.com
Instagram – steffihibbard
Facebook – steffihibbard
Twitter – steffihibbard
Linked In – steffihibbard

Where can people see my work?

The Frank Gallery on June 28, 2018 from 6 – 8 PM
The KER Gallery from Now – August 31, 2018 (Opening night is July 14, 2018 from 4 – 7 PM)
In my studio, by appointment (steffihibbard@gmail.com)

How can people support your work?

Artwork is for sale.
I will work with buyers on commissioned artwork.
Social media support.
Attending events that I’m participating in.
Good Vibes

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Image Credit:
Steffi Hibbard

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