Josie Hillman


My recent work explores the idea of material as narrative signifier inspired by the work of Velasquez (who used mythological references to material in his ‘The Spinners’ to imply narrative) The work draws on the cinematic trope of the car chase often featuring the same materials in many different films such as glass, cardboard boxes, fruit crates, feathers and watermelons to add to the drama and impact of collision. By arranging these materials in a very formal sculptural language (drawn from dutch painting and the still life tradition) the work attempts to bring an order to chaos and play on the tension created by suggestions of movement held in statis.