Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Blair Saxon-Hill
Blair Saxon-Hill was born in Eugene, OR, and studied studio art at Reed College. She has lived and worked in Portland, OR, for over 15 years. Her figurative assemblages are pedestrian and raw, turning the viewer to a visceral material world of paint and matter to register current cultural and political realities. In 2016, Blair Saxon-Hill was awarded fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Hallie Ford Foundation. Her work has recently been exhibited at the 500 Meter Museum in Sapporo, Japan; JOAN in Los Angeles, CA; VENUS Over Los Angeles, Maccarone, LA; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR; and Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been reviewed in numerous arts publications and her two recent solo exhibitions received Artforum Critics’ Picks. Saxon-Hill's solo exhibition of new work is currently on view at the Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (December 2018).
“As an artist, I act as a researcher, a wanderer, a hunter, an irreverent butcher, a matchmaker, a gambler, and a psychic. I respond to this remarkable world by collecting from its deep pools of value and disregard, with the aim of sincerely reformulating the bizarre, subtle, elegant, broken, and in love to focus on the humanity of our time in this grotesque political climate.”
Tomato Picker, 2017, mixed media: steel, wrought iron brush holder, 1930s fencing mask, bathers embroidery swath, tomato pin cushion, hankies, mini brooms, over dyed cotton fabric, 21 x 12 x 9 inches
History Out of Breath, 2017, mixed media: fabrics and mesh sport shirt, wood, fiber reinforced plaster, hydrocal, acoustic foam, gouache, paper, headphones, can, plastic, string, fireplace broom, 68 x 24 x 5 inches
Pitcher, 2016, mixed media: ball, metal, canes, lead, steel, silver, hardened sweatshirt, denim shirt, apron, dyed linen, beaded bag, wood, clay, wire, photogravure book page, marker, acrylic, bucket, 82 x 20 x 11 inches
Specter / Spectator, 2016, mixed media: wood, box lid, ceramic, lighting gel, gouache, eyelets, basket lid, 1930’s French hemp postal bag, molding, basket bottom, paper coated wire, railroad-flattened wire, early 20th century mukluk, dyed fabric, canvas, grey wig, digital print on paper towel, 93 x 26 x 3 inches
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.