I knew Gretchen well in Atlanta. She was always a wonderful, kind and sharp person to be with. You really had to keep up with her (she was quick!) and I recall always laughing a lot with her.
I remember seeing her work for the first time and my circle of friends were all very excited about her. It came from a purity of concept and execution rarely seen in any exhibition, and the fact that she was both "new" and "local" made it even more exciting. It was like meeting a celebrity before they got famous.
When we finally met it was like meeting an old friend. We often had lunch together at the Nexus studios and she invited me to speak at her classes, and I wrote about her work a few times, we often met for dinner, at openings, etc. She was a part of our crowd, our family.
There are many stories to tell about her, but I remember one of her most brilliant moments (in my mind anyway) was when she talked about her foundations in sculpture class up at UGA. She said that for the entire semester the students were not to use any traditional art mediums. Their first assignment was for the students to build a structure "like animals" and they weren't to use any glue or nails or anything- just sticks and stones. She was always building from another source of information, taking a different artistic route less traveled but ripe in meaning with a truthfulness than rang a bit more clear.
Gretchen Hupfel was a true original and we loved her for it.
Thanks for writing this Felecia, means a lot to fill in some of the unanswered questions.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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