American Niche

by Julia Hill

In American Niche, sculptural coyotes and other abstracted urban wildlife occupy shedspace and the surrounding yard. The sculptural creatures and environmental elements are assembled from salvaged steel, concrete rubble, and other man-made detritus collected by the artist while hiking, paddling, and otherwise existing amidst Atlanta’s streets, forests and fringes. Coyotes are cunning and highly adaptable animals, traits that have allowed them to expand their territories into urban habitats and thrive, in spite of all futile attempts by humans to control their fate. In this exhibition, the artist directly prods her own anthropocene-era anxiety, shares her sanctuary of awe in the natural world, and looks forward with a desperate hope that creative application of the remnants of our past can lead to something full of life, a place to thrive.

Julia Hill was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She studied sculpture at Tulane University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. A passionate life long learner, Julia’s ever expanding practice incorporates many different genres. She works in performance, installation, puppetry, public art, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, and painting. Julia spends a lot of time studying and observing nature…hiking, gardening, and exploring Atlanta’s urban forests, watershed, and the surrounding region. These explorations provide the salvaged materials used in many of her sculptural works-found objects from stream beds, rusty bits from parking lots, and scrapped materials from other human activities. The discovered objects, shapes, and textures guide her creative practice, often reflected through organic flowing forms reminiscent of wind, water, roots, creatures, and other natural elements.