Artist Statement – Hebron Chism
When I work with clay, wood or stone I am reminded that humans have been shaping and molding these materials for over 10,000 years.
I approach each piece with a vague vision, an idea partially formed in my mind. As I work, I often daydream about thousands of years and thousands of cultures that have been woven together to create the collective human existence. Visions of past, present and future mingle in my mind as I imagine the lives, loves, struggles and pain of the human experience. The subject and the feelings I want the piece to convey dictates the medium (wood, stone, metal, mixed-media, etc) I use to create the piece. I sometimes have to learn a whole new medium to create a piece in the way I have conceived it.
When people view my work, I would like them to see aspects of humanity and the human condition. I attempt to create works that reveal multilayers of human culture. I want to challenge the viewer to remember and honor the past while at the same time questioning their own role in the world today, and the possibilities of tomorrow.
A self-taught artist.
Within a few brief years, Hebron Chism has established himself as a well-respected artist. His work has delighted countless collectors. Hebron is fascinated with all aspects of human civilization, heavily influenced by: futuristic themes of ancient cultures and myths. His work harkens back further to works of ancient times and of future possibilities. Whatever the medium he uses to execute his ideas (stone, wood, metal, clay, mixed media or on canvas) the texture, intense colors, powerful emotion and unusual, nonlinear perspectives are what define Hebron’s work.
Hebron is a self-taught artist.
In 2004, Hebron began the Msanii virtual Collective as a cultural social networking project which started off as a gathering of poets and graphic artists for an online Kwanza Art Book Project. The group went on to do many virtual an gallery exhibits around the state of Texas. Now The Msanii project is the nexus point for collaborations and community centered programs
In 2008, Hebron created a second collective experiment - a place where the cultural, social, gender, political and economic walls were removed to create a group space for collaboration and celebration of the arts. Gevers Street Studio was a space for painters and poets, sculptors and dancers, musicians and artists of all kinds with an emphasis on exposing art to and engaging with the public. May 2008-May 2013.
The Gevers Street Studio functioned as a studio and teaching co-op in which members contributed time and money to the daily workings of the management of the studio. Opened May 1st 2008, the co-op was located in San Antonio, a major tourist city in Texas.
Ten artists had studio spaces in addition to six associate artists who created in the common area spaces. The Gevers Street Studio was a multicultural, multi-disciplined studio. The co-op provided a prime opportunity to market the work of the member artists, which included wood, stone, clay, metal, cement and fiber glass sculptures as well as paintings, drawings, mosaics, and murals with an emphasis on working with designers, architects, and public works projects.
In 2013, Hebron moved to Washington D.C. to open a solo studio - House of Hebron.
In 2015, Hebron joined The Otis Street Art Project, a group of talented DC area artists.
In 2017 Hebron moved to Barbados and started the House of Hester studios.