I tell stories. I create collage, paintings, installations, and weave text – either written or spoken into my work. With the use of appropriated materials from popular magazines, vintage maps, and resourced materials, I create these stories, offering them back to my viewer with both a sense of history and admiration of the beautiful.
My mixed media artworks are sometimes applause, sometimes ranting about the effects of politics and history. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, I absorb the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal story-telling is important as an act of meditation and mediation.
The untold stories of enslaved peoples, of women fighting for potable water, of children who never made it home for dinner and never would again, of men sitting on death row, the girls of Chibok, are just some of the stories that I want to tell visually. Like writer, Octavia Butler, “I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell”, and, like Octavia, I am compelled to “write” these stories in color and shape and form.
Primarily a collage artist, Hunter, upon seeing a post from the Huntington Library of the private journals of Butler and her continued written affirmation, “So be it. See to it.”, Hunter immediately began work on visually translating the works of the foremost speculative fiction writer.
Hunter says, “As I began to think on new work for this show, Octavia consumed me. And then I saw her hand-written notes, her affirmations. These precious hand written notes appealed to me as much as her finely crafted books - as if they were a personal directive to me, So be it. See to it. And the work began. The work is all collage for collage is the medium for storytelling. It is my way of honoring this American story-teller”.