Christy Hengst might see her adult life as a rollicking pick-up truck bumping along a dirt road, with kids, love, art and travel all mixed up on board.  She is also a grown up only child craving alone time in the studio.  These two polarities are represented in her diverse body of work, ranging from community oriented public art projects across several  countries, to solitary studio painting in Santa Fe.

 

After graduating from Amherst College in 1989, Hengst built a wooden cabinet with her dad, filled it with gessoed panels and a cigar box of oil sticks, and set off in her station wagon with a bed in the back.  She travelled westward, visiting people and painting all along the way until eventually landing in Santa Fe, NM.  There she met her future husband and creative partner, German blacksmith Helmut Hillenkamp.  Together they have collaborated on many public and private projects, including raising two kids.

 

Sense of place has been a major theme in Hengst’s work.  Site-specific public pieces have included a treasure hunt circle of paintings in a small town in Massachusetts, three bus stops in Santa Fe, a large collaborative sculpture for a plaza in Cuenca, Ecuador, a Haiku Path in a college courtyard and the four-year traveling international installation "Birds in the Park”.   

 

Hengst’s studio work — her sole focus for several years now — explores relationship with the landscape, self and other.  Her mixed media paintings draw on experience with many materials and techniques, including various forms of printmaking, oil painting and glazing, and encaustic. Hengst’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums locally, nationally and internationally, and she continues to use all materials available in her investigation into the mysteries of place and relationship.

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Christy Hengst might see her adult life as a rollicking pick-up truck bumping along a dirt road, with kids, love, art and travel all mixed up on board.  She is also a grown up only child craving alone time in the studio.  These two polarities are represented in her diverse body of work, ranging from community oriented public art projects across several  countries, to solitary studio painting in Santa Fe.

 

After graduating from Amherst College in 1989, Hengst built a wooden cabinet with her dad, filled it with gessoed panels and a cigar box of oil sticks, and set off in her station wagon with a bed in the back.  She travelled westward, visiting people and painting all along the way until eventually landing in Santa Fe, NM.  There she met her future husband and creative partner, German blacksmith Helmut Hillenkamp.  Together they have collaborated on many public and private projects, including raising two kids.

 

Sense of place has been a major theme in Hengst’s work.  Site-specific public pieces have included a treasure hunt circle of paintings in a small town in Massachusetts, three bus stops in Santa Fe, a large collaborative sculpture for a plaza in Cuenca, Ecuador, a Haiku Path in a college courtyard and the four-year traveling international installation "Birds in the Park”.   

 

Hengst’s studio work — her sole focus for several years now — explores relationship with the landscape, self and other.  Her mixed media paintings draw on experience with many materials and techniques, including various forms of printmaking, oil painting and glazing, and encaustic. Hengst’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums locally, nationally and internationally, and she continues to use all materials available in her investigation into the mysteries of place and relationship.

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