Craig Hill is a visual artist working in painting, collage, and mixed media sculpture. His work juxtaposes varied modes of representation, creating a visual mash-up that highlights how certain iconography expresses American belief structures. His work is filled with visual contradictions and playful circumstances that are arranged in a single anxious moment.
In combining his Surrealists interest in the unconscious with a postmodern sensibility, Hill create evocative works of art that are distinctively psychically charged. These multifaceted pieces are composed from cut or torn fragments from children’s coloring books or comic illustrations, and paper remnants. They often incorporate Disney characters and other recognizable cartoon icons. Images that are normally considered innocent and harmless are placed in illogical juxtapositions, resulting in a hybrid image composed of multiple parts.
Hill earned his BFA in Drawing from the Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. Currently he teaches painting and drawing as an assistant professor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Hill has exhibited extensively, in group and solo shows in Washington D.C., New Orleans, Minneapolis, Boston, Atlanta, Providence, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Columbus, Ohio.
1. What are 1-3 books that have influenced your life?
Life After God, by Douglas Coupland
Mythologies, by Roland Barthes
Remember: Now Be Here, Now Here Be, by Ram Dass
What are you reading or watching right now?
Mostly Graphic Novels
Unflattening, by Nick Sousanis
Poochytown, by Jim Woodring
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, by Adrian Tomine
2. What are you currently working on? Are you able to create during the pandemic?
I am able to work during the pandemic, but it is hard for me to focus on just one thing. So, I am currently working on a comic, a print series, and some collage works.
3. How has failure set you up for later success? What was your favorite failure?
I really don’t look at things in regards to successes or failures. It is just life.
4. What is your most unusual habit?