The Artemisia Project is a series of video self-portraits by artist Kitty Huffman, touching on subjects of gender, sexuality, and motherhood, based on the life and art of painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Born in Rome in 1593, Gentileschi is now considered one of the most accomplished female artists in the generation following Caravaggio. Gentileschi received her early training from her father (renowned painter Orazio Gentileschi), and continued to study under a family friend, painter Agostino Tassi. In 1612, her father brought suit against Tassi for raping Artemisia, and there followed a highly publicized seven-month trial in which Artemisia ultimately lost. The life and work of the overlooked 16th century artist has meaningful messages about female resilience and creativity, with important implications for contemporary life.
During her sponsorship at High Concept Labs, Huffman plans to further develop the work as installation and share the work-in-progress.
Kitty Huffman, MFA, is a performance, video and installation artist and a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Contemporary Practices Department). Born and raised in Romania to Hungarian parents, Huffman started her education at the University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and soon after at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, completing her masters degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a full Merit Scholarship.
Huffman’s artworks are often large scale and site specific, situated at the intersection of performance and the moving image. Most recently she has been working on developing extended self-portraits, which explore ideas about gender and identity and the idea of home sited in the current global culture.
In the past few years, Huffman received much recognition for her work, including the Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship (IL), Catherine Esther Hokin Memorial Scholarship (WI) Edith L. Gilbertson Scholarship, (WI), Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Award, (WI) and Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee Choice Award 2 years in a row (WI). Huffman participated in numerous group shows in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, Arizona and New York, including Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and Laboratory – Fundraising Gala in Long Island, NY (2012), The Woman’s Board Gala at the Chicago Art Institute, IL (2013), and the Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI (2008). Her most recent solo show was at Edgewood College in Madison, WI (2013) as well as in Chicago IL (2011).