In this series of oil paintings, Hill blends landscape and the figure utilizing a distinct, saturated color pallet which is carried through out her work. Another commonality in this seemingly eclectic body of work is Hill’s heartfelt connection to the Southwestern environment where she has lived for the past 25 years. Her concerns for the environment and women’s social issues are intertwined within the pieces.
Hill spent her youth and early adulthood living between Paris, France and Chicago, Illinois and later years in New York City. While in France, she had the opportunity of being mentored by the renowned Abstract Expressionist, Joan Mitchell. This influence is apparent in her use of high key color. Hill says she “uses paint as a visual language to convey emotion rather than objects. “
She reflects on a quote by Andy Goldsworthy from A Collaboration with Nature to explain her unbridled approach in art making, “The one contradiction I won’t tolerate is having an art that binds me.”
Catherine Cerf Hill
Oil on Canvas
Composing Visions by Catherine Cerf Hill offers a glimpse into a versatile artist’s expression in painting. Hill has an unbridled approach to work and life. She moves fluidly between media sometimes creating sculpture, performance or film and at times incorporating subject matter that reflect the social and political climate.
May 6 - June 10, 2017
Opening Reception Saturday May 6, 2017
5 to 7 pm