The Edgewood College Gallery is pleased to present The Innermost Room
, an installation exhibition by Chicago artist Kitty Huffman. The presentation opens Friday, October 4, 2013 with a reception from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
in the Edgewood College Gallery, located in The Stream. The exhibition runs October 4 through November 15, 2013.
This multi-media installation explores the sense of home as a deep-rooted idea that is often experienced fleetingly.
Home can be a literal site, or an actual location, but it can also be an allegorical place grounded in customs and traditions, mythology and folklore; it can be the culture one grows up in. Huffman was born to Hungarian parents and raised in Romania. She emigrated to the United States in 2006. The Innermost Room recreates fragments of a traditional home in Huffman’s native Transylvania while also referring to the idea of home as an internal experience. A video shows the artist preparing to serve food to guests inside a traditional home. Though the viewers become the guests, the food is shared with an absent community.
The exhibition explores Huffman’s concerns with creating a home by re-planting her cultural roots. It is part of a body of work developing extended self-portraits which explore the idea of home sited in the current global culture.
Kitty Huffman moved to the United States in her early twenties and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Madison. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently teaches. Huffman has exhibited in Cluj Napoca (Romania), New York, Milwaukee, Chicago and at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.