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Candace Hunter

Installation Artist

Candace Hunter (chlee) creates collage, paintings, installations and performance art. She tells stories. Through the use of appropriated materials from magazines, vintage maps, cloth, various re-used materials, she offers the new landscape of materials  back to the viewer with a glimpse of history and admiration of the beautiful. Her mixed media artworks are sometimes applause and sometimes rants about the effects of politics and history and a smattering of the now. This personal story-telling is important as an act of meditation and mediation.

 The untold stories of enslaved peoples, of women fighting for potable water, of children who never made it home for dinner and never would again, of men sitting on death row, and of the abducted daughters of Chibok, are just some of the stories that Candace yearns to tell visually. 

During this season of Civil Unrest and the Coronavirus Pandemic, Candace found a way to bring a bit of joy to her personal world and to her audience with the creation of BROWN LIMBED GIRLS. The collages created during the pandemic spoke of joy and whimsy and like Candace, also spoke of hard truths.


Profile caption: photo credit: Tenola Plaxico

Featured Artworks

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Those Inbetween

    The seminal image from the HOODED TRUTHS series

  •  Candace Hunter artwork A Mother's Tear

    from an installation for the series, Loss/Scape

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Xenogenesis, Is it a Ship or is it Planet Earth

    from the Octavia Butler inspired exhibition, SO BE IT. SEE TO IT.

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Ancient Ina Text, Fledling, #6/15

    from the Octavia Butler inspired exhibition, SO BE IT. SEE TO IT.

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Covid Sunshine

    from the City of Chicago's Covid Awareness Billboard program

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Indigo

    detail from the installation, DUST IN THEIR VEINS

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Six Feet Apart
  •  Candace Hunter artwork Loss/Scape Mini-mural
  •  Candace Hunter artwork Covid Collages

Candace Hunter has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

  • The Future is Breath

    • $11,020 raised of $6,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 184% funded

    With this new and immersive art installation, I am celebrating the enormous vision of Speculative Fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler. Just as Octavia used writing to be able to see herself, her legacy in doing so has allowed so many …

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