Drawing, Painting, Visual / Media

Awards Received

Individual Artist

2016, Prior to 2012

About the Artist

Lillian Hoover earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her paintings are included in several public collections including Baltimore Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. In 2020, Hoover received a Pollock-Krasner Grant. Other honors include the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Trawick Award, two Individual Artist Awards from MD State Arts Council, numerous selections as semifinalist for Baltimore's Sondheim Prize, and a travel grant from Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists. She has been awarded fellowships to attend residencies at I-Park, Vermont Studio Center, Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists, Monson Arts Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Presence In Absence at Goya Contemporary (2021) and In This World at BlackRock Center for the Arts (2018). Her work has appeared twice in New American Paintings and was selected for the cover of the 69th issue.

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Artist's Statement

These paintings begin as encounters in landscapes, particularly those marked by geological “deep time.” They bear witness to human interventions in the landscape, and to our interactions with the non-human world. Such interventions reify systems of control and speak to notions of access — specifically, who has access to nature. Portions of the picture plane seem to be torn away or excised, revealing flat passages of chromatic grays, blacks, and browns. These interruptions and barriers prevent the viewer from fully entering or navigating the space. Competing visual languages and surfaces reflect our experience of the land we inhabit, our interactions with what is considered "wild," and the varying degrees to which our encounters with nature are mediated. Given the rift between human and non-human worlds, how should we proceed? How might we live well within these disrupted spaces? Part meditation, part metaphor, part elegy, these landscapes explore the anxiety, despair, terror, and joy which characterize our shared precarity.

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