Jill Foote-Hutton – Red Lodge Clay Center

Jill Foote-HuttonKansas City, Missouri

Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2019

Born and raised by the descendants of hillbillies, Jill Foote-Hutton is an artist following in the tradition of medicine woman and storyteller. She has earned a living as a teacher, curator, arts administrator since 2003. She has been graced with the opportunity to travel to Greece, Denmark, China, Japan, and glorious locales within the United States in the name of art. She does her best to pay it forward, believes those who say, “A rising tide lifts all ships.” She hopes to believe in herself as much as she believes in others every day.

Every Guardian Monster figurehead is an artifact of a moment gone by and a moment yet to come. “Monster” as a spiritual tool is a tradition I willfully jumped into. I am engaging a conversation about ritual and religion. I facilitate acts of spiritual reclamation. I posit that totem, talisman, god, demon, angel, witch, hero, and spirit from any tradition have been used as devices of oppression. To counteract the misappropriation of the mystical, Guardian Monsters seize power from an authoritarian state and return that power to the hearts and minds of the individual.