Hilary A. Baldwin is an artist and educator working in sculpture, painting, and installation. Her work has been shown at Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY, Repetti Gallery, Queens, NY, Sunday Gallery, New York, NY, The Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT, and others. She was a 2008 artist-in-residence at The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, and last year she lived in the New Mexico desert for two months and attended The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts. Hilary recently moved to Chicago from Brooklyn, NY.
Hilary completed a summer residency at ACRE this year. Later on we will catch up with her about her practice, process and residency experience.
“Last year I was living in the woods in upstate New York during a major hurricane that caused trees to fall, damaged power lines, blocked road access, and shut the power down for ten days. The morning after the storm, I saw a friend of mine among the rubble. He was calling out to me from behind a fallen tree, his face mostly obscured by branches, looking like a desperate wildman- but actually just wanting his photo taken.
I am interested in the process of translation in my work, where information becomes abstracted and mutated from one medium to another.
My friend’s face appeared chopped-up and half plant-like in the photo I took, which I used as reference for a series of “Mountain Man” oil paintings. Based on the cubist qualities of the paintings, I made geometric scrap wood sculptures, which I am using as reference material for paintings again, cyclically.
Nature, spirituality, craft, and the pathos of modern junk food are recurring themes in both my individual painting and sculpture and the collaborative installations I have done with friends.”