Meet the Artist
Through my artistic practice, I explore my specific place in the evolutionary line. My work seeks balance between natural dualities; the learned and the instinctual, the human and the animal, the timeless and the ephemeral, comedy and tragedy, the familiar and the unknown.
My paintings are autobiographical and narrative, placing my personal, fleeting human experiences in a context of the immortal natural world. The ocean becomes a metaphor for the vastness of time, only explorable through immersion, mysterious and endless. Through my work, I aim to better understand my relationship with independence, vulnerability, fears and isolation, and takes an outsider’s perspective on the human experience at the scale of both the miniature and the massive. Elements of my personality and sense of humor bring a lighthearted irony to the heavier conceptual themes found in my artistic practice. My paintings examine my lineage as an animal, as an artist, and as myself, through my own personal evolution and development.“
Lily Hollinden is a painter currently based in Fayetteville. She earned an BFA at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently pursuing an MFA in painting at the University of Arkansas.