Annie Hémond Hotte received a BA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2004 and a MFA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University of London in 2009. She also attended the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency in 2014. Recently, she was selected for the New American Paintings Vol. 125 and was featured as the cover artist. She has exhibited her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, Asia, Europe and the UK. Her solo exhibition Panic Myth opens on March 9 at Centre CLARK in Montreal.
1. Hieroglyphs vs emojis
Emojis!!! What an inverted ancient concept! I keep thinking about how we have come full circle. Hieroglyphs were one of the first ways humanity began to document communication: people started by drawing sentences with symbols in order to simplify things or sensations. Eventually, these drawings evolved to become letters. Emojis, on the other end, are drawings/icons illustrating things or sensations. They were invented to communicate quickly through symbols and to avoid writing full sentences. They started by being made out of different letters and punctuation marks, assembled together to represent ideas. Eventually emojis became basic images – a code made out of drawings. We just got back to where we started ;-)
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
This is my favorite film! The very first scene is the best, where we witness Roger Rabbit performing an animation scene! It starts like a Looney Tune’s classic, showing Roger involved in unbelievable stunts that real humans could never perform. And then we see the director of the animated film halt the filming and critique Roger for his “cartoon acting.” Roger Rabbit is an actor of himself! This is the best parallel I’ve ever seen between fiction and the reality of a simple life!
3. Spies & camouflage
I really like the idea of something or someone being confounded with their own environment. It can be seen as a way to hide, but it can also be understood as a way that people assimilate what surrounds them to become a reaction or an understanding of where, when and how they live.
4. The line just between past, present, and future
I truly think that the best times in history were – or will always be – the moments just before things are assimilated… just before it actually happened. For example, the best parts of the 1920s were 1916, ‘17, ‘18 and ‘19, or the best part of an “idea” is the accident that made someone think about it first!
5. The symbols of things
Well, this follows my thoughts on emojis: I just constantly think of how we simplify ideas of things or elements in general. Of course, has Google Image not been contributing to how we imagine life? When I think of a banana, it’s the image of the one I’ve seen on the net, and I’m sure my Japanese fellow thinks of a similar image. My idea of a good painting can’t avoid being influenced by all of the clichés throughout painting history.
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