Elizabeth Hill is a Dallas-based artist who recently graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting & Drawing, as well as a double minor in Women’s & Gender Studies and Art History. She is currently one of sixteen artists-in-residence at The Cedars Union. The majority of her body of work is a product of experimentation with various surfaces and textures, driven by intuitive process, dimensional dialogs, and color theory.
Liberosis, Interior paint, oil, gesso, and graphite on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, 2020, $150
My work serves as a personal exploration of containment and connectivity in two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. I have always been drawn to works of art that have some sort of three-dimensional element, and I explain this in my work by including textural components such as wire, fabric, string, found objects, or wood. (I want people to feel the urge to touch my art!) The objects I incorporate into my pieces are reduced to their basic, formalist qualities. As someone whose thoughts are hyperactive and entangled at any given hour of the day because of mental health problems, I see the simple act of placing shapes within shapes as an exercise in healthy mental compartmentalization. Layering 2-D and 3-D forms on top of and within one another is my way of sorting out the scrambled ball of static that inhabits my mind. By creating physical manifestations of this internal process, I feel that I’m investigating the connection between abstraction and my own humanity.
Static, Interior paint, spray paint, gesso, graphite, and wooden block on canvas, 7 x 5 inches, 2020, $75