The theme of shapes has dominated my work for the past 10 years. I began examining shapes closely when I was hiking regularly. I collected a lot of rocks and over time noticed that I was collecting similarly-shaped rocks. There was a feeling of familiarity with each particular shape; I identified with them in some way. The shapes became an alphabet for me of what looked like abstract hieroglyphics. Because these shapes were very simple, I wondered how to describe the importance and the value in line without describing the volume of the shape or rendering them exactly. What did these shapes need to convey meaning? Could they be dissolved and reduced? With this series, the direction of my work has shifted to a less conscious interaction of elements drawn from photography and painting.
Jennifer Hill graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991 with a degree in painting and a concentration in film and installation.