About Betsy Hinze

Betsy Hinze believes that art should be experienced beyond something hung on a wall or displayed on a plinth. She knows there is beauty in functionality and creates objects that are designed for interaction. Describing herself as a “curator of experiences” her chosen mediums are food, fine craft, and community. She hopes to bring people together through interactive installations and performative events and offer them something more than just a beautiful object or a good meal; she leaves each person who attends with a profound and memorable experience.


Artist Statement: 


My works are presented with the aim not to present a formal and detached finished artwork but rather to give the gift of an immersive experience to lucky finders and curious explorers. My art practice is focused both on carefully-crafted objects and on sensory exploration. 


I begin by using my background in fine craft media (glass, ceramics, and fibre arts) to create tactile functional and sculptural objects. These objects are my starting point to create interactive expressions of a theme, often tied-together with a ceremonial structure so that the event itself tells a story (beginning, middle, and end.) I develop other elements of sensory design, creating art that is intended to be smelled, touched, and even tasted to create a personal experience. Drawing the viewer in, my work invigorates and excites their senses. 


By breaking the passivity of the spectator, I allow the viewer (or, in many cases, finder) to become part of the art. This allows participants to experience emotions and activities not typically “allowed” for adults; child-like wonder, ultimate safety, excited discovery. I admire the uninhibited nature of children and hope to break some of the inhibitions adults carry through my designed experiences.


I consider all aspects of my experience-based work, from the setting to the mood to the participants. My strong design aesthetic encourages a tactile exploration of the functionality of my work. Inspired by the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, I encourage conversations about terroir and connection to land and sea-scape through natural forms and foraged ingredients.


I work to showcase the wonders of the West through curiosity-fueled experiences full of wild flavor, hand-crafted art, and carefully-curated ceremony.