hilary brace: entering a moisture-laden palace
The palace was full of twists and turns in our mind. \" -
On Hillary\'s wrist guard, Gret Elich has been using an old material (charcoal)and a new one (plastic)
Images of clouds, ice and waterfalls were invented.
At the same time, Brace\'s recent work seems both tangible and imaginary, demonstrating the artist\'s sense of awe and her awareness of the fragility of nature in the face of global warming.
I recently interviewed Brace and asked about her background, working methods and ideas.
Hillary Burch: How did your early life shape you as an artist?
When I was young, my family lived in Europe for a few years and we visited many museums, so I was introduced to me very early on the importance of art, and the idea of becoming an artist.
I still remember that I was very firm and picky about my art projects and very much wanted to achieve them in the way I imagined.
Later, with the opportunity to attend art classes in middle school, I had confidence in creating things.
So I was lucky to have a natural tendency to meet opportunities.
Being an artist makes me feel natural and worthwhile.
Spending most of my early life in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by such a wealth of natural beauty, has undoubtedly had an impact on my work.
I was always moved by the grandeur of the landscape and the display of lights and atmosphere.
We often go skiing, I like to be on the mountain, looking down at the scenery, the sun falling on the snow seems to be incredible beautiful.
My work has a lot to do with being moved and confused by these things. Untitled (June, 2013)
Powder charcoal on polyester film, 7.
Have you always been a representative artist?
What does your job look like during college?
When I started studying art in college, I worked abstractly, but I usually started with what was observed and related to light.
My first serious painting was equal abstraction and representation, and the shadow was processed into two parts
A 3D pattern in a 3D background, usually inside a building.
I like to describe the challenges of space, so the dichotomy between these two and three over time --
Dimension space is more representative and more holistic.
I realized from these paintings that they said something about my general view of things;
Reality is elusive and changing.
Over the years, the work has been more about this game of space light and form than describing any particular place.
Once the horizon extends into the image and moves towards the landscape, that part changes. Untitled (March, 2014)
Powder charcoal on polyester film, 8.
25x13 balance your work between reality and imagination.
How do you blend and balance these two methods?
This is indeed another expression of the dichotomy I explored in early painting, but more complex.
I\'m interested in making places that look very tangible or believable, but I also want them to feel elusive and mysterious, or flowing and changing, so I keep my curiosity about them.
I work according to my imagination and I don\'t know what I will do when I set out, so when I develop the image I will leave myself in that space: In the meantime, I am working on the realistic side of the rendered image, and I have found an unexpected world, which surprised me myself.
When people see a painting for the first time, they usually think it is \"real\" because it is completely rendered, but given the theme, how can they be true by this
Based on their experience with the work, these different responses must eventually be combined.
I like this because it reflects the process of making my own work.
The drawing setup for Hilary Brace tells me about your technique and how you get the image.
I drew the charcoal powder on the polyester film (
Mylar is a brand).
The matte polyester surface looks completely smooth but is actually like a super fine sandpaper.
Charcoal is easy to move but also easy to fall off.
This allows a lot of spontaneous, but there are a lot of details as well.
On smaller pieces, I first completely cover the surface with charcoal and then erase or lift the surface with Q-
Reveal tips and brushes for lighter areas.
When the image starts to show itself, I slowly pay attention to it with more details.
For the larger drawings, I will study them first.
I use Photoshop as a composition tool, but in many ways the process is the same because I don\'t know where I\'m going, the images develop by exploring and then slowly merge together.
Although I know what the image will look like when I draw a drawing from the study, I still work in a subtraction way, putting down the darker values, erase to create brighter values because I have more control than adding darks. Untitled (March, 2012)
Powder charcoal on polyester film, 23.
Do you think you are a romantic in art?
I believe that intuition and emotion have a place in the art of creation and experience, and I am inventing emotional images, but they are not meant to escape or aspire to other desirable places.
They have a lot to do with my actual response to the natural world, making these and my mental frame real.
I choose my image with curiosity and emotional response, so emotions are important in many ways, but it\'s not romantic.
I think I am an experienced artist. Untitled (February, 2014)
Powder charcoal on polyester film, 10. 675 x 8.
What kind of emotion do you want your work to evoke?
As extensive and complex as possible, because life is like this.
But, nevertheless, when a painting begins to imply itself, what I am after is a feeling that seems to be unique to that image.
It may change as the work develops, but it is a guide.
Howard Hodgkins has a quote that I always remember: when someone asks him how he knows if a painting is finished, he says, \"when the initial feeling comes back as a painting\" I like that. Untitled (July, 2014)
Powder charcoal on polyester film, 11. 75 x 9.
125 How do you feel about nature and global warming?
Some of your recent works paint cold places that seem to be thawing.
I have been thinking about this question.
Without thinking about what we are doing to the earth, I can\'t look at my work right now.
For a long time, I have been inspired by nature to think that nature is a very powerful thing, which in my work is a metaphor for the various forces that are greater than ours.
I have been thinking about how to align this view with the fact that if we are to change our behavior, we need to see that the Earth is fragile and fragile.
Even if we destroy the planet, all the forces that shape the planet will always exist, but the losses and potential losses are very painful.
So my point of view is changing, and it appears at work.
There are many reasons to be in awe of the beauty of being, which should inspire us, so I am happy if my work can remind us.
But I want it to do more or different things for myself, so it seems like I have to find a new way of looking at it. Untitled (May, 2014)
, Powdered charcoal on polyester film, 6x7 inches What is your interest outside of art?
I spent most of my free time developing my garden.
I\'m a plant demon. -
Even thinking of going to the nursery made me mouth watering.
The design in the garden is very much like painting, but you also have the elements of time and change, it is interesting to think and observe.
But now that my garden has been set up, I want to expand my reach, go out and explore and see more of the changing world.
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