“We all need a little comfort from time to time. Whether in the sense of consolation or in freedom from pain or constraint, humans and animals alike rely on self-soothing remedies during times of stress and imbalance. The list of possibilities is endless, after all, what may be one man’s martini may be another man’s macaroni and cheese. Gimme Comfort is a colorful and humorous collection of narrative paintings, spotlighting some antidotes to the chaotic times we live in.
A raggedy, roomy sweater, a trusty pair of Chuck’s, a fire blazing every night in winter, the memory of a stuffed animal as friend and confidant. The Danish have a word for it: hygge. The word means to give courage, comfort, and joy. There is some thought it might have come from the 17th century word of unknown origin, hugge, meaning to hug. I think our comfort zone often feels like a warm embrace.”
-Melinda K. Hall
K. Hall was born in Chicago, moving West to receive her BBA from Southern
Methodist University in 1972. Hall was drawn by her love for the freedom and
self-expression in art-making, leaving her life in Texas to continue her education with
graduate-level courses at New Mexico State University in 1978. The artist’s
work is in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally.
Hall lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, Gary; cat, Skauti;
and Australian Shepherd pup, Piper.