Informed by an interest in raw materials, ancestral forms, and the female figure, Hilary Walsh uses ceramics, photography and fiber to create objects as both a thing of beauty as well as representations of cultural motifs. Working within age-old modalities - like hand coiling clay while using primitive tools, Hilary looks backwards as a means of looking forward, using resources thoughtfully and responsibly. This approach is deeply place-based, and, simultaneously, informed and inspired by traditions and practices from around the globe.
The symbolisms of societies throughout time are often simplified and placed in the creation of objects. The female figure has been symbolic of fertility, growth, prosperity, love, bounty, nature, earth and even God. In modern society we have moved so far away from this type of symbolism, yet it still speaks to modern truths just as much. Through her vessels and photographs Hilary seeks to evolve the modern symbolism of femininity and the female form.
A California native based mainly in Ojai, Hilary additionally spends time in a cabin located in West Marin county, Northern California. These two locals both provide a host of inspiration to her practice.