Jackie Hoysted's current body of work blurs the line between what is an original artwork and what is a reproduction. Comprised of paintings, ceramic sculptures, and digital photographs, Hoysted leaves the distinction of “what is the original vs. what is the copy” up to the viewer. Raising questions of authenticity, distorting perceptions of various media, and multiple manipulations of images are the prevalent themes of INPUT OUTPUT, Hoysted's solo exhibit in The Art League Gallery, on view from October 6 - November 7, 2011.
The concept behind this exhibit began with a plasticine sculpture created in a course at the Corcoran. “At the end of the course, we couldn’t keep the sculpture, we could only photograph it. I began painting it over and over again…I got a lot of mileage out of it.” Hoysted created more sculpted heads, photographing and painting them at various stages of production.
The result is a collection of work that leads the viewer to “question the accepted notions of what is the original and re-evaluate how value is attributed to an object.” Using a variety of media, Hoysted calls attention to the assumptions about worth and value attached to painting, photography, and sculpture. Common perceptions dictate that painting is the “most precious,” but what if the painting is essentially a copy? Because that first plasticine sculpture has been destroyed, are all the pieces copies? Originals? Hoysted leaves this distorted puzzle for the viewer to resolve.
Jackie Hoysted was born in Dublin, Ireland and has settled in Gaithersburg, Maryland .She recently graduated with an Associate of Fine Arts Degree program from the Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC and has since been the recipient of several awards. Her works have been selected for several juried shows both at a national level and throughout the DC metropolitan area. She enjoys working with different mediums and alternates between the traditional mediums of oil or acrylics and the ancient medium of encaustic wax, combined with digital imagery.