1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
My name’s Georgia Hill – I’m an artist and illustrator from Sydney, Australia, travelling as often and far as I can. I grew up in an area of New South Wales called Maitland, and since then have just been drawing and painting away in a slowly evolving practice.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
My aesthetic is very graphic – distinctive black and white, textures and type based works. I didn’t intentionally set out to make a set kind of style, but it seems that sitting myself down and being honest about what I like has led me to this aesthetic where I can focus on tone, line, mood and lettering.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Paint, and how far or how little you can push it.
4. What is your artistic process like?
I sometimes have patterns and ways I work, and sometimes I try to forget these entirely and expeirment with materials and process to see where else I can get to. Lately I’ve been a pretty frustrated person, trying to work some more free textures into my pieces that don’t feel too loose, so it’s been a weird balancing act of trying to bring it together, be happy with it, and also meet a deadline here and there. Throw in a lot of reading, a lot of looking, a lot of taking weird photos of cracks in walls and that’s about it.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I try to really get into things that interest me beyond just artworks – I really love a few certain artists, however I find it’s more about a work ethic or approach than the final pieces themselves, so I think it’s that truly original work that makes you stop and kick yourself is what I love. At the moment I’m coming off ornamentalism into Brutalist Architecture and then just all architecture, couture pattern and making methods, beat poetry and audio books, and the odd handstyle.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
I love that when I stopped working in graphic design and pushed my art and illustration I felt like I was allowed to fully subscribe to the way I see things – that creative work shouldn’t always be about trends or a sure thing. I think things need to challenge yourself first and hopefully others along the line (which takes a bit of reminding in my own mind!). So it’s impacted not just how I feel about the world but how I look at it too – from how you feel in a space to the weird patterns that are in a reflection one minute and gone the next.
7. Where did you study?
I finished high school, went to the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and have been frantically google-searching everything else I should know ever since.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?
I realised pretty early on that studio and agency life isn’t for me, but this could change with time as a lot of my work has been becoming about talking to people and using a whole world of their skills to make things real. I don’t have a concrete plan but I’m just excited to see where it’s going to end up, and if I will wake up somewhere even half as beautiful as Ricardo Boffil’s home (http://www.archdaily.com/294077/the-factory-ricardo-bofill)
9. What about in ten?
More artwork and more living in Ricardo Boffil’s home. Hopefully I will have also painted a boat, a plane, some hundred buildings…
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I really just hope I keep making things that drive and push myself from one thing to the next – the more honest I am with myself about this work the happier I become, so it’s pretty consuming and I still have a way to go. It won’t stop so I hope I can just stay happy on the ride.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Hahaha – pizza, easily, every day.
12. Favourite book?
A gift from a good friend called ‘This Brutal World’, of Brutalist Architecture in different countries, plus two editions of Australian Graffiti which are fantastic messes.
13. Favourite genre of music?
I’m a bit all over the place – most likely Blues and then into Hip Hop. I like things that get into your heart and a mood, that you want to play on repeat all night.
14. What are your hobbies?
I’m pretty terrible at switching off, but I try to run any chance I get, and also just walk and see the world around me. The usual talking, drinking, harassing friends dogs, watching too much Law & Order.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Sometimes I think I would love to study psychology, or go into music, sometimes I think I would have just ended up here sooner or later!