Joya: AiR / Georgia Hill / Australia
On being a Joya:
"Around the same time each year I find I want to run away from works I've been heavily focused on and make sure my mind and work is moving in the right direction. Lately, my process seems to involve keeping ahead of a self-inflicted workload that feels more like an avalanche than art practice...
I keep being asked how my time at Joya: AiR was, and all I can happily answer is “necessary”. To be given permission to be isolated is my idea of heaven, and to find that in a Spanish desert with a pretty vocal goat is something I’ll never forget.
My practice has become something that means I travel a lot, paint bigger and bigger things, and push against some invisible notion that this might be good now, but what’s next. To have two weeks of doing exactly the opposite - being still, working small, and making what feels right today, is a feeling I want to keep in my work and build on again and again.
In my time at Joya: AiR, I crafted many sketches and notes, ultimately focusing on two murals followed by a short photographic series ‘Push Pull’. These works were each a close reflection of my time here - rocks, wood, cracks, lines created by buildings, words stuck in my head like lyrics. These pieces felt finally challenging in the way I didn’t know I wanted - not for scale or detail, but for being honest and looking in more than ahead".
Georgia Hill is an Australian artist, specialising in contemporary, often site-specific based artworks.
Using a range of mediums, her instantly recognisable monochromatic aesthetic can be read in terms of connections, relationships, time, place and self. Over the past five years, Hill’s works have developed from exhibition works to large-scale installations that resonate with their structure or natural surroundings, continuously exploring the connection between spaces, environment and our personal experience.
Hill's works have spanned small inner-city walls to 400ft abandoned buildings across Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, The United States, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia’s states.