Texas bird peppers in the garden at Monticello

Karen Christine Hibbard

"What are you teaching now?"

“I’m in foundations, mostly freshmen. I do still teach color theory. It’s different though, there are curriculum requirements that I have to meet. But I do my own mix of color theory. I start with the Albers problems then extend it with other color theories I’ve studied. I try to make them do projects that reflect on the past using their world today. Did you do Albers in school, I didn’t.”

“Albers was the color theory we did. I spent ages doing the exercises with coloraid paper and rubber cement. I remember the smell like it was yesterday. It was like a game. I’d get carried away looking for colors that worked especially well. I still have many of my Albers studies. Do you think it really works.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, you know his theory was that if you did all of these exercises. If you did them and explored all of the color interactions in his book, you would achieve a sensitivity to color. It was as though by doing these you were assimilated the color knowledge. Like learning Welsh.”

I’ve been doing a lot of research on Black Mountain lately, a fascinating place.

Wouldn’t it be great to be in one of those places on the edge of some kind of interaction of the arts. Like Black Mountain or Charleston.

Do you think your work would be different, richer or the same. I think we’re all basically who we are no matter how we try to reinvent ourselves. I tried that with Chris then Christine. I guess I’m still Christy on Crisman Street in Forty Fort at heart.

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