Beneath Our Bear Skins is part of a recent collection of 3-dimensional wall sculptures titled the Altar series.
Altar is a series looking into the culture of worship and how identity is often found or lost in such acts. An altar is literally a raised edifice used to conduct religious acts of worship. Figuratively it is used to describe a thing that a person attaches great emphasis on, usually at the cost of something else.
We all have altars and we all worship. Most of them are not literal structures or ceremonies, but instead take the form of pursuits and obsessions mostly having to do with personal glory. Death, selflessness, humbleness, etc considered useless to our personal altars. As a culture we strive for glory, to be known, for beauty and in the process lose our true selves.
Hilary was recently featured in Hi Fructose
Hilary White was born in Brownsville, Texas in 1982, raised in Gainesville, Florida, began studying painting at the University of Florida on an athletic scholarship in the year 2000. In 2001 transferred to Colorado University in Boulder to run on an athletic scholarship and study sculpture. After a year of competing for the university decided to give up the scholarship and focus completely on studying art. Took a year off from school and took classes in welding while working odd jobs before attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. Interests progressed from painting, to interactive sculpture, then installation. Graduated with a B.F.A in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in June 2007. Currently living and working in Philadelphia with husband Steven Speir.