Karol Hilker is our featured artist this month. In her second year at FSC, Karol received a BFA in Fine Arts and a BS in Art Education from the University of TN, Knoxville. She currently has nine pieces in FSC's current installation "West Town Beauty," and was one of three FSC artists who created the mural located at 550 N. Union St. in Chicago.
"She has participated in group shows, had one woman shows and won first place for juried shows in the states of CA, AR,TN, KY, VA and IL.
Her art work and murals are in private homes and businesses in 21 states....Karol’s work features people in different stages of interaction with life, themselves and others. She uses oils, acrylic, and watercolor, wires and other objects as the painting needs. She creates with layers of paint and other items that create a combination of tension and flow for the viewers. Karol is interested in showing the demands of life on people in her work through the painting's creation."
Are there moments when you question your career?
I question my career at least once every week. It makes me stronger when I question what I am doing. I hate the feeling but it has continued to happen so I have embraced it. I think as artist we have to always question our choices in our life, our careers and our art.
If you could be born in another period of history, when would it be?
As a woman artist, I wouldn't want to go back in history. I can't imagine my husband getting credit for my work, not being included in art shows, or being told what I can't paint or should paint. I would like to go forward 100 years and see where we all are. But I will settle for seeing the amazing changes in the next 50 years, if I get to 106!
Do you have a favorite book, film or painting, which inspires you?
Many paintings have inspired me over the years but when I visited the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres, Spain I was awed by the different mediums he explored and the amount of work he created. It gave me the inspiration to create everything in my head. I also saw Picasso's whole body of work that explored his different mediums and subjects. Seeing their bodies of work freed me to create with renewed passion.
What are you looking forward to in 2021?
Being in the middle of crowded events...art, music, travel, museums, city streets, all of it. Which I can't believe I am saying because I hated crowds before!
As an artist what do hang on to for hope and solace during this time?
History has shown we can overcome bad times. I feel artists and musicians are the ones that lift people up and give them the power to move forward. I have loved seeing the creative minds around me bringing hope and joy to us during this time.