The continuous eruptions of violence as well as
the human and environmental tragedies that define our current
time are the catalysts for my art making. Creating paintings and
collages made of images taken from the news, mass media and personal
photography, I create fantastical dramas that respond to the human
condition. I fuse traditional narratives and symbols with highly
rendered tangible objects and elements of abstraction. Urban architecture,
anatomical parts and areas of nonobjective texture are as crucial
to the unfolding stories as the figurative characters.
Bombarded daily with images of local and global
atrocities, I am intrigued by issues of the loss of and desire
for faith within a continuously alienating culture. Uncovering
the divine from within the rubble of human disaster is an attempt
to restore the broken self to a state of grace. Within each tableau,
nature and the individual are collectively defeated, showing that
our individual experiences merely mirror that of our abused environment.
Reconciliation of the self would mean the reconciliation of humankind
My work examines the relationships between the loss
of environmental and human compassion and the loss of self. Each
reflects and amplifies the other, creating a universe in which
one state cannot be reconciled with the others. The processes
must be simultaneous. In revealing these connections, my work
strives to challenge the viewer to consider how and when faith,
compassion and awareness will come to us, resulting in an environment
far different from the one we inhabit now.
Lara Hill was born in New York City. She received
her BFA in painting from Parsons School of Design and her MFA
in painting from The University of the Arts. In 2005 she received
a SURDNA artist fellowship. Her work has been shown in galleries
in NYC, Philadelphia and other cities in the United States. She
lives, paints and teaches visual art in Brooklyn, New York.