This work, an early sculpture, illustrates how Hutchings translates life through an abstract lens. “The colours in the portrait respond to the colours of the clothes that the person wore and the colour of their hair,” she says. “The black and white strips represent their height,” she adds.
Portrait is part of a series that began at the Visual Arts Fellowship which Hutchings completed at MacDowell in 1991, which also includes a landscape painted on wood in a similar way. “The colours in the landscape are inspired by the colours that I would see on walks at MacDowell,” she says, “Each colour represents a different day.”