Hi there, Feministas!
This week’s post is dedicated to the brilliantly talented artist, activist and feminist Hannah Hill. I have such a hate/love relationship with Instagram, I often rant about how social media is just not for me and subsequently declare that I’m going to delete my account and officially live off the grid. But I have to admit, it was Instagram that brought me the work of Hannah Hill (amongst the work of many other amazing artists and some awesome LGBT history accounts) and for that I will forever be grateful.
Hill’s artistic practice is rooted in the perfect mixture of skill, social awareness and detail. The 22-year-old lives in London and is studying at City & Guilds of London Art School. Using embroidery as her medium of choice Hill’s work deals with subculture, politics, mental health awareness, body positivity, intersectional feminism and so much more.
Hill is probably best know for her Arthur Meme, that recently “went viral” (please excuse my lack of a better phrase) and was all over Twitter and Instagram, it was even reposted by Planned Parenthood’s account. This piece is just so perfect in its execution, using humor and pop culture references to call out the art world on its elitist and sexist bullshit. It’s one of my favorite works of hers.
It’s all in the details with Hill’s embroidery, the more time you spend with each piece the more intricacies you notice. As Hill noted in an interview with Vice,
“The detail I put into my work packs a punch, the messages or themes are always strong. I think embroidery works well with this because you really have to look close and examine every detail to fully appreciate all the work and meaning behind the motifs.”
Most of Hill’s work has autobiographical roots – she includes themes and issues that are important to her – such as examining her own identity and gender expectations or larger social issues like trans rights and xenophobia. Through her work Hill hopes to encourage empathy, community, and strength and I think that’s something we can all get behind!
Thanks for listening babes and stay angry!