Wallpaper Wednesdays 12 | Harriet Hoult
This week, Ena and I are featuring London based artist, Harriet Hoult! Harriet reached out to me - and I'm so glad she did - because I needed her artwork in my life. What I love about her art is that it has so much depth to it. I could literally stare at her pieces for days and would appreciate her work and never get tired of it if it were displayed in my home. Her work is so colorful as well and contains so many textures, patterns, and details yet to be discovered.
In Harriet's About section on her website, she says,
"I tend not to plan. I have an image in my head as a starting point and I make some makes in the direction of that original idea. Then I feel my way to what the next set of marks will be. It's a moment-by-moment evolving process."
To me, that is so inspiring and it is a common thread that many artists share. I find that intriguing and inspiring. To create something so beautiful from a space of letting go is really amazing, and that's why I admire her work so much.
Her work also has so much emotion and energy pulsing through it, while others are very soft and calming. I also love how every piece she has evokes a different feeling.
Explore her work - you'll be so glad you did! She is sharing three beautiful wallpapers at the end of this post, so make sure you grab them, but first, let's get to know her a bit more.
Q & A
1. DID YOU ALWAYS HAVE A PASSION FOR ART AND WHEN DID YOU START PURSUING IT?
I always loved Art at school and I used to get very excited about the Art class each week. Then I would spend the whole time from the point of the class ending looking forward to the next one. It was the only time of the week when I felt truly alive and sort of purposeful. Then at 16 I gave up it completely - I was advised by my teachers that Art was not an academic subject and that it would be sensible career wise to take a more robust subject like History or Politics. From that point on, I didn't pick up a pencil or paintbrush for many years - until I signed up for an art workshop in Scotland about 7 years ago, and that was probably the beginning of this particular phase and the seed of the work I am now doing.
2. WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
My inspiration comes from many places. I am and always have been very driven by aesthetic's - the things I perceive to be visually beautiful. So really, it is anything that I see that touches that 'beauty spot' within me - whether that's the way two colours interact on a street sign, an old tree stump in the park or a page in a magazine. I also love graphic design and I get very excited when I see what I consider to be a great design piece. The other thing I am very inspired by is people's stories - I often listen to podcasts like Radio 4's Desert Island Discs as I love hearing successful people talking about themselves, their motivations, and their lives.
3. WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU USE?
I work mainly with acrylic (both tube and spray paint) and mixed media on paper. I love working on paper because to me it feels really sort of raw and real - I only use very thick textured archival paper. The mixed media could be anything from oil pastel to string or sand.
4. IN THREE WORDS, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART?
Abstract, colourful, expressive
5. DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE CREATING ART? IF SO, WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
I sometimes listen to music but recently I've been listening more to podcasts - as I mentioned earlier Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 is one of my favourites, also Raise Your Hand And Say Yes by Tiffany Han is another one I've tuned into a lot in the last few weeks.
To be continued...
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A heartfelt thank you to Harriet for collaborating with us!
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