The world(s) created by Hilary Williams, that is. But really her work is no more absurd than the world we see around us every day. A San Francisco printmaker, Hilary takes elements of urban life, the natural environment and their inhabitants and repositions them into surreal landscapes.
Haunting images of leaning buildings and ghostly figures are juxtaposed with decorative motifs and child-like doodles. Echoes from the past haunt the present, creating a commentary on how far we’ve come, but perhaps, how little we have truly gained.
The dark, eeriness of the iconic architecture contrasts with the light and cheerful colors and patterns to create an absurd dichotomy. Not unlike many recent trends that look to the past while still trying to find a place in the future. Such irony is not lost on this artist and conveys the struggle of humanity to co-exist within the urban and natural landscape.
Hilary’s work is heavily layered which gives it a visual depth and complexity that draws the viewer in. There is so much to see and figure out. My husband George & I first saw Hilary’s work in The Pines Art Gallery in Hood River, OR. We fell in love with her work and George could not stop looking at it. A true testament to the power of the work!
Check out more of Hilary’s work on her website, I think you’ll love it as much as George & I do.