Artists

United States of America

Hope Christofferson
Loreland

17.10.23 10.11.23

Hope Christofferson is a young artist from South Dakota, USA, who spent her childhood in the magical Black Hills, surrounded by nature which served to spark a love for fairy-tales. Having an interest in traditional mediums, her works primarily consists of watercolour and oil, and she has also been interested in both ceramics for many years. Hope is now traveling the world in search of mythological creatures for a modern bestiary where the parallel functions of myth and technology are explored. In 2022, she spent a month at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, where she learned about traditional and experimental wood-firing techniques and glaze formulation. She has also worked as an illustrator for the past three years, working with fantasy and folklore—as a visual storyteller, she has gotten to work with game companies and authors to bring concepts into reality through her paintings. Hope is currently working with publishers on an illustrated book of mythological creatures as well as tarot card deck inspired by medieval bestiaries.

During her time at ´ace, Hope worked on a compendium of mythical creatures done in watercolour that pays homage to traditional scientific illustration in conjunction with imaginative elements drawn from folklore. This book project has been part of her work for the past two years, travelling and studying local indigenous myths, illustrating the creatures from stories that have been passed down orally for centuries.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I believe in the continued use of fantasy as a tool to digest reality through play. I’m fascinated by how folklore once rationalized events like lightning, rainbows, love, death, and plagues. I draw parallels between the functions of folklore and the scientific counterparts that have come to replace it. Logic can explain how things happen, but not always why they happen. Choosing to see the world in an inquisitive light invites belonging and hope into the soul. The metaphors within myth and folklore provide answers that nothing else can address. Fueled by my deep love for nature, I incorporate personal symbology derived from my past to illuminate the sacred significance of plants and animals within human life. Many of my paintings are made in the woods, where I use watercolour to blend the intricate details of trees, mushrooms, and flowers with narrative symbolism.

BIO
Hope Christofferson
1999 | South Dakota, USA
Lives and works in Rapid City, USA

EDUCATION
2021 | Bachelor of Fine Arts. Black State University, Spearfish, South Dakota
2018-2019 | International Exchange Student Ambassador, Black Hills
State University

EXHIBITIONS
2022 | Celestial Forest (solo show). Aby’s Event Center, Rapid City, USA
2022 | Erotic Art (group show). Gallery 613, Rapid City, USA
2021 | The Goods. Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City, USA
2021 | International Claytopia Exhibition. Guldagergaard Ceramic Research
Center, Skaelskor, Denmark
2020 | Quarantine. Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City, USA

PUBLICATIONS
2022 | Thoughts from a Frog, Danielle Marie Troxel
2021 | The Portals of Tartae: The Language of Trees, Marcia Soligo
2021 | The Stories of Steele, Ramsey Moline
2020 | Cancer Treatment Journal, Dayna Bodensteiner
2019-2021 | Digger and Friends, Illustrated Children’s Book, Douglas Rowley

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires

Buses

38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)

Subway/Metro

D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')

Train

Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

2024 Open Call #3
Residencies 2024

Deadline 
July 31st, 2024

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