Krista Hoefle

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Associate Professor and Gallery Director at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. In addition to running the Moreau Art Galleries, I teach courses in the Foundations and Sculpture Areas in the Department of Art, and independently curate media exhibitions. I'm also a faculty/founding member of gvolt, and the current faculty advisor for the Anime Club. Exhibitions: Vespine Gallery (IL), Hanover Gallery (IN), Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (MI), Kika Gallery (Hungary), Jones Center for Contemporary Art (TX) and Swarm Gallery (CA). Currently my studio practice is informed by the visual language and narrative conventions of the abject. My focus isn't exclusive to elements and characteristics that transgress bodily boundaries and societal mores. The work investigates an abject horror that "...flows from the impossibility of death in an existence that has no exits and no escapes" (from Very Little Almost Nothing by Simon Critchley; page 70). In other words, I'm exploring the abject as a means by which identity and order are disrupted through a perpetuation of existence (bodily or otherwise). I use character-archetypes from film and literature, for example, in combination with technological processes that embody this "abject-as-perpetuity": zombies, the monstrous-feminine, cyborgs, the final girl, specters and ghosts, artificial intelligence, uploaded consciousness, and generative software. Technically speaking, I use (and constantly expand upon) methods that provide for infinite variation and regeneration. Within this positioning regarding the abject, my video, web, and installation projects attempt to integrate horror and humor in such a way that visually-pristine, generative programs become technically deficient-looking, jittering, animated bitmaps; videos featuring characters such as the final girl (the sole survivor at the end of a slasher film) perform behaviors that are gross and sensual in an endless repetition of sequels; and fragmentary sculptural forms and technologies accumulate within installations that create an environment of exaggerated failure.