24 Jul — 04 Sep 2021
The Picture Room, Newlyn Art Gallery
FACING THE SUN
An immersive installation of new paintings, clay and fabric works
Kitty Hillier’s work is rooted in what’s above and below the surface, with a belief that all things are connected. Her paintings and groupings of objects comprise layers of overlapping biomorphic shapes distilled from everyday details, made with a diverse range of materials and often painstaking processes of hand-construction that reflect patterns found in nature and the slow formation of structures over time.
Kitty is using her time in The Picture Room to experiment with creating a multi-sensory experience that sparks curiosity in the living earth, particularly what is unseen and inaudible.
Occupying a cave-like space is a collection of new soft sculptures, suspended or slumped, while clay vessels hold pools of water or invite deep listening. There are also maquettes for large-scale interactive structures yet to be realised, and playful abstract studies like mini portals that explore colour, edges and seem to hold within them a delicate balance of control and chance encounters.
Kitty Hillier lives and works in Cornwall, UK.
She was born in London in 1984, completed her Foundation at Falmouth Art School and then graduated from Bath School of Art in 2007 with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art Painting. She won the Reveal Emerging Artist Award in 2009, was awarded the SAW Abundance Commission in 2013, and her work is held in private and corporate collections internationally.
A co-director of CAMP, the artist-led network for the creative community in Cornwall and Devon, Kitty is dedicated to supporting multi-disciplinary connection and collaboration. Most recently, she was selected to be part of the Doorstep Anatomy of Design residency and was also one of the three artists invited to work on researcher and filmmaker Rachael Jones’ project Moving Landscapes in partnership with Grays Wharf and the Sensory Trust.