“Set Against Joy’s Undoing” Lithographs from Artist Whitney Hill

The Weekly Inquiry is proud to present our first user-submission: a set of Lithographs from budding UT Artist, Whitney Hill, which focus on the interplay of the domestic and the feminine.

Lithograph by Whitney Hill Lithograph by Whitney Hill
“Set Against Joy’s Undoing”
Lithograph, 20″x 14″
Whitney Hill 2014

In her own words, Hill describes herself:

My name is Whitney Hill and I am in my senior year at University of Texas in Austin. I am a studio art major with an emphasis in printmaking. As an artist (and a female one, at that), something I’m interested in exploring is traditionally feminine imagery such as flora, or, animals that carry a certain symbolism, and tying that with identity; whether it’s the finding of one’s identity in femininity or losing oneself in it. This is something that I’m personally dealing with and I am sure other self-identifying women have had to think about, and my ideas and feelings on it are changing as I’m growing older and learning more about myself and what femininity means to different people.

Lithograph by Whitney HillLithograph by Whitney Hill

Hill’s work is a juxtaposition of color and the colorless; flat profiled women in gray scale then coated with thin pops of color made visual through delicate and flowering lines, helps invoke the traditions of a particularly feminine craft, while at the same time dissolving this notion: breaking it apart and changing its dimensional representation. Seemingly a commentary on both the process of crafting femininity and the end result of its creation, Hill’s works showcase the conflicting nature of feminine growth. Once again, Hill describes her work briefly to me using her own words:

In my work, I want to draw a comparison between traditionally feminine images (such as flora, animals that carry a certain symbolism, color, etc.) and symbols that are indicative of depression, grief, and fear. In my experience, a lot of people aren’t comfortable with talking about topics like death or mental illness, and I want to create a duality of those uncomfortable things and what’s considered “pretty” and pleasing. I’m drawing from my own experiences and losses, and in later work, skills I learned as a child that are viewed to be feminine – sewing, knitting, paper-folding, etc. – in the hopes of achieving this.

 According to the artist herself, Hill's prints are currently available for purchase. Reach out the Artist for more information.

The author

Cole Bubenik is the Co-managing editor of The Feminine Inquiry, a short story writer, and a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. English. He writes things which are domestic, apocalyptic, fantastic, romantic, and at all times queer.

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