The exhibition string theory presents painter Bette Cerf Hill’s first site-specific installation. Through this new work, Hill aims to represent concepts of energy and entropy. The long-time Art Center community member intersperses many of her paintings from the Explosion series with a meandering line drawing made of string across the wall. Originally inspired by the notion of super string theory—or “the theory of everything,” as it has been called—Hill operates from a position based on the scientific notion that all particles are connected over space and time, and creates a multi-dimensional artwork addressing the interconnectivity of all life.
Bette Cerf Hill, Tree, 2010, string and mixed media, 5 x 8 feet
Bette Cerf Hill is a Chicago-based artist mostly known for making figurative work in acrylic on canvas and charcoal on paper. She works in a variety of styles and sizes to suit the subject and mood. Her past projects include a series of paintings and drawings about subjects ranging from what she calls “renaissance faces” to making portraits of stones. Her paintings have been exhibited locally at the Chicago Cultural Center, The Three Arts Club of Chicago, and Archeworks, as well as in galleries in New York and Massachusetts. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied both ceramics and painting, and The Grande Chaumier, Paris, France, to focus on painting.