Part 1: Fog Machine

The spring 2022 series of Hunter MFA thesis exhibitions opens with Fog Machine, featuring the work of Sarah Heinemann, Noémie Jennifer Bonnet, Katita Miller, Kim Nam, Greg Wall, and Jessica Willittes. The six artists' individual presentations explore the haze of blurred boundaries, of cultural filters, of forgotten histories, of states of anxiety and metamorphosis.

Sarah Heinemann

Sarah Heinemann makes abstract paintings that serve as an open-ended query into the relationship between subjectivity and the external world. Using casual gestures and a graphic palette, her paintings map and notate specific experiences of seeing and looking, hearing and listening, forgetting and remembering. Heinemann’s small lush paintings look again at the pleasure and potential of Modernist abstraction and celebrates it.
sarahheinemannstudio.com

ig: @sarah_heinemann_

Noémie Jennifer Bonnet

Noémie Jennifer Bonnet's multidisciplinary work is premised on the idea that introspection and the contemplation of mortality can foster life-affirming redirections beyond the self. Her explorations include layered, abstract paintings made with bleach and oil paint, sculptural works referencing the human and nonhuman, and meditative sound pieces vibrating with a chorus of self-recordings. Branching inward and outward, across time, the works seek to inspire a heightened awareness of corporeal and ecological dependency, while resisting disenchantment in an age of mass extinction.
noemiejennifer.com

ig: @noemie__jb

Katita Miller

Katita Miller’s paintings and drawings depict quotidian scenes through the filter of an overactive mind. She uses collage and pattern to build maximalist, multilayered surfaces that often make it difficult to grasp the overall image, echoing the way the incessant noise of thoughts, emotions and memories can blur and fragment the perception of one’s immediate physical surroundings. Populated by spectral figures and swirling, portal-like forms, the resulting interiors and landscapes fluctuate between the mundane and the fantastical.
katitamiller.com

ig: @katitamiller


Kim Nam

Kim Nam’s paintings question the notion of Americana and national identity through the gaze of a naturalized immigrant. By altering and recontextualizing mundane US customs and scenes that appear in mass media and American Realist paintings, her work discusses how a cultural identity infiltrates into an outsider’s psyche and generates an uncanny sense. Nam focuses on infusing strangeness and sardonic humor into common cultural signifiers.
kimberlynam.com
ig: @kkiimmnnaamm


Greg Wall

Greg Wall makes collage-based works investigating the absurdities of domestic life, consumerism, and internet logic. Household goods, crafting-corner scraps, and baking experiments are assembled with a tender, bricolage sensibility weighted by anxieties around contemporary consumption. Play and humor act as entry points for more serious concerns about a culture industry built on compulsory DIY home improvement and narrowly compartmentalized creativity.
gregorywall.com
ig: @mrmootymoots

Jessica Willittes

Jessica Willittes constructs unstable topographical works in which the process of painting acts as a ritualistic recovery of hidden or suppressed histories. Fragments of found rugs and other textiles (as well as cannibalized older works) are joined together with exaggerated sutures and scrubbed with paint, utilizing a repetitive iconography culled mainly from fringe cultural sources and bearing the appearance of a teenager’s frantic notebook scribblings as they attempt to convey information in the process of collapsing in on itself.
jessicawillittes.com

ig: @jessicawillittes