Meet some of the talented artists on The Phillips Collection’s staff, whose works are in the 2023 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show (on view through February 16, 2024).
What is your role at The Phillips Collection? What is something interesting about your job?
I work as a museum assistant at The Phillips Collection. In addition to my role at the museum, I am also a multidisciplinary artist and an art educator, and I have exhibited my art in several countries. My upbringing in an artistic household in India has greatly influenced my passion for art and my artist father.
Who is your favorite artist in the collection?
When it comes to my favorite artist in our collection, it’s hard to pick just one. I have recently been drawn to the works of Pierre Bonnard, Raoul Duffy, and Marta Pérez García.
What is your favorite space within The Phillips Collection?
As for my favorite space within The Phillips Collection, I particularly enjoy the interactions I have with visitors on the third floor of the Annex, where our special exhibitions are held. It’s an excellent opportunity to discuss new artworks, share our thoughts about the exhibition and/or the artist, and learn from each other. Additionally, I find the coatroom to be a relaxing space where I can doodle and jot down my creative ideas while assisting our guests.
What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2024 Staff Show (or your work in general)?
Regarding my artwork featured in the 2024 Staff Show, or my work in general, I aim to explore the transience of the human body and mind in a spiritual and philosophical sense. My focus is on accepting our imperfections and creating a symbolic relationship between art and communication. I believe that body movements and gestures encompass different forms of communication, and I strive to convey that in my art.
About the artist:
Aditi Hazra has a BFA and MFA in Printmaking from Kala Bhavana- Santiniketan, India, and an MFA in Multidisciplinary Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore. Her works include print media, drawing, painting, and time-based experimental animation. Her work explores and is inspired by her love for nature, current events, and storytelling about human relations, mental health conditions, and non-verbal communication.