The art of Macon St. Hilaire returns to Yeast Nashville with
"Icons of the 27 Club"
From the artist...
I am searching for my own place and how the work that I do and the person I am will fit into the wider world. The restless urge I have to travel is combated by my strong desire to understand where I have come from and what traits I have inherited. My artistic practice explores the connections between ancestry, traditions, legacy, and place.
This series of work, icons of the 27 club, came about when I realized after turning 28 that I was now older than Jim Morrison when he died. This realization spawned personal reflection in to my own successes, failures, and legacy. I found a connection in the way that we revere pop cultural figures and skew their lives while living or in death, and the use of Icon paintings of martyrs and saints in medieval and byzantine ecclesiastic settings, this led me to research the art historical tradition of icon paintings and look for a way that I could translates them to reflect contemporary subjects and materials.
As an artist with a strong connection to the past, Marcel Duchamp’s concept of ready-made art reflects the modern availability of artist materials. I am interested in understanding how the material components of an artwork are created. I have conducted and continue to research art historical practices used to manufacture art materials such as pigments, binders, and painting supports. There is an artistic tradition in making all aspects of an artwork that is lost when using manufactured art supplies. I am interested in preserving the inherent traditions of artists and being closer to my work through all steps of art production. I have worked to manipulate the techniques of art tradition with contemporary suburban materials and found objects; this was most successful in my work utilizing Kool-aid drink mix as a pigment for egg tempera paint.
For more information how I made these paintings, please visit: www.maconststudio.com