“The Awakening: Parallel Worlds” highlights the mixed media composite work of American Indian artist Alyssa Hinton. Drawing on the symbolism found in the folklore of her Tuscarora and Osage ancestors, Hinton’s compositions address parallel themes of American Indian cultural reawakening and human kinship with the natural environment. Shaped by her diverse heritage, Hinton uses mixed media as a form of reconciliation for her own eclectic life experiences, blurring boundaries between conventional and digital mediums to create hybrid art forms. Her intricate, complex and contemporary works feature digital painting, collaged sculpture and mixed media fiber composites. Influenced by the traditional Chinese painting techniques she studied in Beijing during the 1980s, Hinton’s art reflects the organic beauty she finds in the elements and often incorporates designs and concepts from Southeastern mound culture.
A free public reception and art viewing will be held Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center.
Hinton earned her B.F.A. degree from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her M.A. in Art and Design from North Carolina State University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mid-Atlantic/NEA Regional Painting Fellowship and an Art for Indigenous Survival grant from the United Nations Life Bridge Foundation. Hinton’s work has been exhibited throughout the country and abroad at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian inaugural First Americans Art Market in Washington, D.C., the 2005 Florence Biennale in Italy and “Relations: Indigenous Dialogue” at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.
This exhibition is hosted by the American Indian Center, American Indian Studies, the Department of American Studies and UNC Global. The FedEx Global Education Center, located at 301 Pittsboro Street in Chapel Hill, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.