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          Bio

     Caroline Hatfield’s practice engages with materiality and environment among many personal, creative, and theoretical influences. After completing a Sculpture BFA at The University of Tennessee, she earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Towson University. Hatfield has been included in numerous publications and has exhibited artwork nationally at venues such as The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, DE. Recent solo exhibitions include "Land and Water" at 500 X Gallery in Dallas, TX and  “Unearthing” at Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA. Hatfield is a recipient of the Trawick Contemporary Art Prize as well as a South Arts Cross-Sector Impact Grant. She has recently relocated to Mississippi for an appointment as Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Sculpture at Mississippi State University. 

       Statement

     Through sculpture, installation and extended media, I explore landscape as medium rather than subject. Observing land use and extractive practices in southern Appalachia has influenced my work to be very materially driven. Sourcing and selecting material is a conceptual aspect of my practice — a process of examining the historical and cultural context of a given substance. The resulting installations and sculptures consist of both natural and industrial components, yet their embodiment is intentionally estranged and fictitious. I am interested in using the tools, tropes, and cognitive framework of science fiction to create spaces that challenge and explore our relationship to our environment. By creating an alternative or fictional ground to consider, human hierarchies of presence and absence, potential and waste, and mediations and boundaries can soften and reconfigure. That fluidity trails through the formal qualities of my work, where mutable materials and fragmented forms accumulate and flow into ephemeral sites and speculative geographies.