Marilyn Hill is a multi-disciplinary artist using whatever medium best expresses her narrative of the moment. She was born in Palo Alto, California, grew up in Menlo Park and decided to be an artist at age 13. She graduated in sculpture from U.C. Santa Barbara [B.A]. and U.C. Berkeley [M.A.], having worked primarily with Jim Melchert and Robert Hudson. As a student she built large installation pieces, often site specific, and tiny funky little sculptures. Hill was an Invitational artist at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford Museum of Modern Art and the Berkeley Art Gallery in San Francisco. Her work has been reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, Palo Alto Times and ArtWeek Magazine. She provided illustration, animation, graphic, and information design to large and small businesses, adding 2 more A.S. Degrees in Multimedia at the height of the dot-com era. She started showing her paintings in 2010 and has exhibited them nationally at the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield MO, the Foothills Art Center, Golden CO, and the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH.
Are supernaturals discussing our future? How soon will robots become our neighbors? How does it feel to be a genetically modified fish sharing life with a banana? How about the food chain; fish eats plastic, we eat fish?
In the practice of making art, I search for ways to acknowledge and make right within myself, the storms, drought, pollution, disease, and cultural mayhem of our current time. The pandemic has reminded me of my precarious presence in this world and of human vulnerability in general.
After humans have gone, who will inhabit the planet? What will their dramas, dreams and challenges be? The thought that nature might not only survive human extinction, but flourish, is strangely comforting and optimistic. In the face of a diverse and complex system of micro organisms with a robust ecological purpose to survive all extinctions, I realize as humans, we are only one multifaceted blip in the long history of life.
I've been drawing on the IPad since its inception, and it has been my tool of choice exclusively for the last couple of years. It allows me to work quickly in order to keep up with my own thoughts and with timely currents. Digital images can be viewed and sold as is, transferred to paper, printed on canvas, metal, plastic, wood, tile or made into tapestries or rugs. Images are not so size specific and can be made smaller or larger. An entire image library can be carried in one's pocket in case of fire or flood, or uploaded to the cloud or satellite for safe-keeping.
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