Jackie Hoysted: You Stand on the Walls of Ancestors

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Jackie Hoysted

You Stand on the Walls of Ancestors

Acrylic Ink on Duralar

17" X 14" X 1/4"

2017

Hoysted's body of work, Conflicted, explores the idea of home. Hoysted's home is here is the U.S. and yet, when she says, "I’m going home”, she actually means that she is going to Ireland. But when she's home in Ireland, she's a visitor - someone home for a short vacation. Until recently, Hoysted hadn’t keenly felt this conflict inside of her or the questions she asks herself; "What is home? Is it where I am from, the soil I was born on, the landscape I know so well, the culture I inherited versus where I am now? Or is it the house I live in, the friends that support me and the politics and issues I embrace as mine"? Hoysted's current imagery seeks to integrate her as one simultaneously both immigrant and emigrant by referencing the Irish landscape, borrowing Irish cultural motifs, and adopting the ancient Celtic Ogham script to communicate where she is today.