ARTIST: KRISTI HAGER
For many veterans, war is impossible to leave behind when they return home. The very same wars barely affect my life. In 2008, I began an ongoing series of paintings called War Studies. PTSD, continuous war and about how camouflage is a survival strategy for both predator and prey is a dark muse. I discovered my own habit of hiding in plain sight, even when there is no danger. It feels normal, even if no longer needed.
All paintings are oil on panel.
Click on an image to enlarge, including a sampling of past work from Kristi.
Kristi Hager lives in Missoula, Montana and has worked as a self-employed painter, photographer and multi-disciplinary artist in Montana since 1984.
Her photographs and paintings are in the permanent collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in Helena, the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, the Missoula Art Museum, and the Capital One collection. She has more than 500 photographs archived in the Library of Congress. In 2003, Hager received a Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant based on twenty years’ artistic achievement. She received the Montana Arts Council Artist’s Innovation Award, in 2010.