Jill Hotchkiss

New York City, NY

Artist Statement: I sandblast growth and weathering patterns into drywall and wood.

The origin of each relief is derived from drawings, black ink on paper. This imagery resembles organized branch-like structures scientifically termed dendritic. I’ve observed that this recurring pattern is echoed within the architecture of trees, roots, coral reefs, water tributaries, topography, cells, and vascular/ nervous systems.

The subtractive process of the surface treatment, counters a constructive effect, simulating the power and fragility in our ecosystem. This balance raises a question about our interaction with the earth. Is our relationship with our environment symbiotic or parasitic?

Bio: Jill Hotchkiss was born in Hollywood, Florida and currently lives in Manhattan, NY.  She received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2012 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Florida. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally in numerous group and solo shows and is included in private and public collections.

Materials: Drywall, wood, gold, epiphytes, copper, moss, lichen, roots, paper, ink