Hewitt explores political, social, and personal narratives through photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations. She references notions of non-linear perspective and double consciousness through arrangements of objects from popular culture and personal ephemera.
During her 2009-2010 Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Hewitt examined the origins of the camera obscura and used the camera as a tool to explore cultural memory through the construction of temporary still lifes. By repeatedly composing and photographing her arrangements she captures changes in daylight, gravity, and perception.
She received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union's School of Art in 2000 and later received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 2004. She studied Africana Studies and Cultural Studies at New York University from 2001 to 2003. Hewitt has held residencies at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and received a 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands.
She is the recipient of the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts and Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin for Spring 2012.
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