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h.c. porter

Medium: Mixed Media

Booth #: LS32C

H.C. Porter, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, is an internationally known painter, printmaker and photographer with a signature gallery in historic downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections around the globe and has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions for the past 30 years. Most recently, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., added one of Porter’s pieces to their collection. In 2015, her Backyards and Beyond painting series became a permanent exhibition in the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland. Her work is featured on CD covers, including one featuring the voices of Maya Angelou, Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan. Porter’s work is also featured on the cover of Beyond Katrina, a book by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Her work hangs in the Mississippi Senate offices in Washington, D.C., and is in the collection of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Marsha Barbour. In 2009, Porter received the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award and was included in the 2011 Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art. She has also been the recipient of a Visual Artistic Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. She is currently working in Annapolis, Maryland, as an Artist in Residence at Maryland Hall for the Visual and Performing Arts, where she currently creating with exciting results. H.C. Porter’s work involves a process of transferring her photographic images into silkscreen and completing the piece with layers of textured color. Describing her artistic process, Porter explains that “back then, I was doing it the same way Andy Warhol did it, using copy cameras and shooting onto line film.” Starting with a black-and -white photograph, she would do multiple exposures of each image to capture different levels of detail in her compositions. “Then,” she says, “I would hand cut the film and literally Scotch tape it all together to get one big piece of film I wanted.” Her pieces still start with photographs, but now she uses a digital image and prepares her images using computer software to create the silkscreen. After printing the high contrast black ink images onto paper, Porter works color into her pieces using acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencil.

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