5/28/2012 8:01:00 AM Monika Hilleary shows new works at Sedona Giclée Gallery
Art is, by definition, a process of invention. An artist can neither achieve recognition nor remain relevant without being accomplished in the skill of invention, and a critical element in the continued success of any artist is the ability to repeatedly reinvent oneself.
By that measure (as well as many others), Sedona mixed media artist Monika Hilleary is a resounding success. She got her start as one of Colorado's top architectural photographers, renowned for using highly technical lighting techniques to create elegant images of building interiors and exteriors. But in her case, that was only the beginning.
Always an artist at heart, Hilleary eventually came to feel a bit constrained in the world of commercial photography, where the client's needs had to be paramount. Yet the many challenges she faced when intermixing natural light with strategically placed studio lighting gave her an intimate awareness of light's effects on scenes, subjects, and textures. And thus was born her process of reinvention.
Today, Hilleary is still winning awards as a photographer, and photography is often still involved in her art. But she has added to her arsenal a mastery of many other media and materials, and she mixes them freely and skillfully to reveal textural aspects of objects that might be overlooked by a casual observer.
Her current exhibit at Sedona Giclée Gallery includes recent works from her "Ravages" collection, in which images of time-worn materials are embellished with layers of paint, gels, metals, and textured materials. These pieces are both colorful and evocative, conveying a sense of timelessness and a connection to a nuanced natural world where beauty and meaning can be found in the smallest objects and the unlikeliest of places.
Hilleary will be honored at the gallery June 1, 4-8 p.m. She will be on hand to greet guests and fans, and will be happy to chat about her works, her techniques, and her influences. Refreshments plus wines from Arizona Stronghold winery will be served, and the public is cordially invited.
Sedona Giclée is located at 2055 W. State Route 89A, Suite B, near the Harkins Theater. 928-282-4708 or visit the gallery online at http://www.sedonagicleestudios.com/ .