from Kyle Hackett’s artist statement:
I find liberation in revising history and tradition. Manipulating the authority of representational portraiture, my work draws from early European ideas of secure identity and fixed painting techniques, while evoking my contemporary insecurities of racial and socioeconomic standing.
Through portraiture I examine double consciousness and contemplate the meaning of progress, often to realize classical method’s incapacities for telling the truth. Images are carefully and introspectively rendered, yet they exist through detachment. Using an academic multi-layered painting approach, attention to the surface can signify ideas of vulnerability, false glamorization and the anxiety of reconciling the past with the present.