Tessa Hulls At Bherd Studios, Tonight!

Since she has a show at Bherd Studios tonight (8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1, Seattle, WA), it’s about time we draw some attention to the work of REDEFINE staff writer, Tessa Hulls!

The pieces here will not be the same as the ones in the show tonight, but they’re a part of an interesting series on migration and memory, in which Hulls visually documents nomadic characters within her memory.

To quote from her artist statement:

“As I started traversing the process of memory, I began to see forgetting as an active process. These funny little characters started sailing their tree-boats across my sketches, and I started thinking of them as memory nomads. In their world, which might also be our world, memories are made of finite material, and there is a limited amount of that material to go round. You can’t remember everything because the substance of your memories has to be recycled in order to make new memories. Think of a memory as a set for a play: the memory begins as something detailed and intricate, and these memory workers gradually dissemble that set. They take away a rug here, a chair there, until eventually all you’re left with is a sketch, a placeholder that recollects the entire scene.

These memory nomads are gypsies: they move in packs and have no real home. I’m not sure if they’re lonely, or if loneliness is something that really exists for them, but they do seem heavy from the weight of the memories in their care—to me, it’s as though they wandered into a dreamlike forest and never fully reemerged.”

Head over tonight from 6:00pm to 9:00pm to scope out her work!

Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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