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Here at last!

It’s almost time for me to hop on a plane and drag my latest artwork to the Big Apple. My solo show, The Idea, starts this Friday (January 20th) and I couldn’t be more nervous. My work is thankfully complete, but I can’t help feeling like there is still so much to do. Title cards must be made, artist statements must be written, and people must be invited. If you or someone you know is in New York City area, feel free to pass the word along.

For immediate release:

The Idea
An Art Exhibition by Gina Hief
Orchard Windows Gallery
January 20-26 2012

Opening Reception: Friday January 20th 6-9pm

In her New York debut exhibition entitled, “The Idea”, Arizona artist Gina Hief uses plant life as a metaphor for ideas. The exhibit is structured as a narrative series of mixed media drawings showcasing a progression of ideas from seedlings to entangled overgrown vines to towering trees. Some ideas are withered and dead….other ideas are flowering with opportunity.

Gina Hief creates whimsical illustrations using pen, paper, and found material. With a background in sculpture and painting, her artwork showcases an eclectic style and willingness to experiment. “The Idea” exhibit is the visual story of Gina’s internal experience with cultivating her own idea from dream to reality.

In the summer of 2011, Gina Hief had an impossible idea: Sell all of her possessions and live on the road while traveling the country. This idea should have wilted when placed in the brutal climate of reality, instead it flourished and – took root. The idea gnawed at the back of Gina’s mind each day. It grew and flowered with countless possibilities. Before long, the furniture was gone, the car was sold and the day job was wishing her “good luck” on her way out. There was no turning back. What started out as a whimsical idea grew into a monster that for good or bad will change the course of Gina’s life.

Gina received her BFA in Fine Art from Arizona State University in 2009. Since then she has exhibited in local galleries throughout Tempe and Scottsdale Arizona.

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R.I.P. to the girl in the drawing

As some may already know, I’m busy this month working diligently on new illustrations for my upcoming exhibition in New York City at the Orchard Windows Gallery. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the basis for this show, and starting each new piece –

until last week I hit a block.

I’d been working on a beautiful drawing of a girl in profile for a couple of days. The inked girl looked beautiful – hair soft and flowing, lips perfectly plump. She was just the vision I had in my head, but she wasn’t quite complete. I wanted to add all sorts of color and life surrounding her like a field of flowers. I wanted to add an elegant and yet human touch to this simple black and white drawing. So I went for it…. it turned out horrible! I couldn’t believe it. I tried to save the girl in the drawing….I added more to cover up the bad…which as many know, only makes it worse. The damage was too great and I knew after 2 full days of work, I’d have to throw her away.

Perhaps you’ve been there too. You’ve worked so hard and furiously on a project and something went wrong. You’re too attached to give up yet, so you desperately try to “fix” the mistake – cover it up, accentuate it, ANYTHING that will keep you from having to say goodbye to the project you loved. But alas, sometimes we have to let go and learn from our mistake – journal about it, set it aside, try not to cry and start anew.