The work seeks to explore the recurrence of archetypal personalities amidst our material evolution by investigating the role of the mask and reversing its purpose to reveal traits about the wearer rather than conceal them.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Alea Hurst began her journey into drawing and painting in high school. She produces two-dimensional works, particularly drawings and paintings, which range from traditional to experimental and mixed media approaches. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia in Athens in 2013 and her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2018. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Artist’s Republic Gallery, Beep Beep Gallery, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and Mason Murer Fine Art’s Fresh Blood. Her work also has been featured in multiple publications, purchased by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and is featured in the series 4 bottle labels for Collective Arts Brewing in Ontario, Canada. Her current work focuses on the roles of masks and reversing those roles to comment on the evolution of society.