Photo courtesy of Sandria Hu Archeological Dress #4, a collograph print
When she visited Slovakia in 1986 as a Fulbright Scholar, Sandria Hu wasn't planning on visiting any archaeological dig sites. But when she was invited by local archaeologists, what she encountered was awe-inspiring.
Hu's eerie and breathtaking current exhibition, called "Archeological Dress," consists of 20 collograph printed children's' dresses lowered into a batch of gel medium and pressed flat to dry. Once they harden, she scours each dress with a toothbrush, similar to the process of unearthing an artifact from a dig site.
She knew she wanted to be an artist when she was attending elementary school in San Francisco, but as she's gotten more serious about it, the experience of creation has transformed into something beyond pleasure for Hu, something that sounds surreal in description.
"It's very agonizing. I don't have fun when I do my artwork, I really don't...I find it very stressful, I find it very agonizing, and I think it's only because I'm still searching. And sometimes when you're looking for something, you're not really at ease. You're not really happy. Because you don't know what it is you're looking for. I'm always searching for that next thing. I find it very intense, I find it really absorbed."More »