Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Artist INC: Heather Clark Hilliard

(interview by romy owens)
Heather Clark Hilliard, Interrupted (detail), Wool blankets, natural dyes, 91" x 60" x 5"
Q: What five words would you use to describe your art? 
A: materialicious, chromatic, diverse, thoughtful, texturally constructed

Q: What do you create as an artist?
A: I create site specific installations, two and three dimensional works with a variety of materials, any medium that visually translates an idea I'm working on.

Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: Being an artist means I can connect seemingly unrelated ideas, experiences and areas of study and transform them into something else. The most challenging moments of being an artist can also be the most innovative and rewarding.

Q: What has been a seminal experience that has affected your art?
A: I first learned about plant dyes on a sheep farm in Connecticut. In this large dye pot there was an orange colored sawdust called brazilwood boiling into a fuchsia liquor. It made the most gorgeous color on the wool yarn. The process and the color seduced me and still does to this day.

Q: How has your practice changed over time?
A: I keep going deeper into my work and my process- that leads me into new territory.

Q: Do you believe there is an artistic look on life?
A: Yes, and I also believe life is what you make it and it takes courage to live it artistically.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as an artist?
A:  A chinese proverb sums it up best: Talk does not cook rice.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you've been given to date?
A: Before you speak, THINK: is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?

Q: Can you name three artists in your field that you'd be proud to be compared to?
A:  Comparison is dangerous territory. Theodore Roosevelt said "Comparison is the thief of joy." 

Q: What role do you think an artist has in society?
A: We are the pulse of the world- it is our job to see and culturally nourish.

Q: How can you be contacted?

A: heatherclarkhilliard.com
Twenty-five Oklahoma artists are meeting once a week for 8 weeks as part of the Artist INC Live OKC program. Artist INC is a cutting edge training program that addresses the specific business needs and challenges of artists. The course culminates with each artist presenting for 5 minutes about their work, incorporating the skills learned during the program. The public is welcome to attend this final program evening on November 19, 2013, 6-9 pm at Oklahoma Contemporary, 3000 General Pershing Blvd in Oklahoma City. More info at www.ArtistSurvivalKit.org.

No comments: