Hope Thier received her Master of Arts in 2014 and Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012 from Minnesota State University-Mankato. She is a recipient of the 2014 Toy Wilson Blethen Fine Arts Award, Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Teaching Assistantship, several juried awards from exhibitions around the Midwest, two Undergraduate Research Creative grants, ITW Foundation Scholarship, and the Mary Sugden Endowment Scholarship in Painting. She has exhibited around the Midwest, on the West Coast, and has work in several collections.
Raised in Moorhead, MN she moved to Marquette, MI for two years while attending school and then transferred to MNSU. She has taught at Minnesota State University-Mankato, the Arts Center of St. Peter, and served as the Program Director for Twin Rivers Council for the Arts' festival Arts by the River and as President for Student Art League for two years. She currently resides in Fort Dodge, IA and is the Art Educator/Assistant Director at the Blanden Art Museum.
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While snooping through my great grandmother’s belongings, I found late 19th and early 20th century photographs and stories of untold familial histories, from that of my own family and others. I have taken to adopting these families, and I am attracted to these almost forgotten narratives and developing these incomplete truths about past relatives into fictionalized characters and false histories.
I strive to develop a chaotic but structured quality in my work. While doing so, I explore relationships. The relationships evolve between myself and the material, myself and the characters, and the characters and the material. By observing and learning from the processes of ceramics, welding, photography and other areas I incorporate those techniques into my paintings.
The process of painting is as important to me as the finished work. Each painting begins with a direction that I want to take the work in, and I rely on intuition when establishing the rest. Scale is also a factor I consider, as I want the viewer to step back and become slowly absorbed into each painting, but also get closer and become more intimate with the work while exploring the details within it. Letting the embedded imagery within the processed field create it's own narrative. Qualities of illustration can be seen in many of my paintings. My interest in illustrative qualities, or ideas relating to illustration, have become increasingly evident in my work.