Hilary Pfeifer


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Hilary Pfeifer is a craft-influenced sculptor who’s more often found scouring hardware stores for her materials than a traditional art supply store. Her artwork explores the natural world through object, collage, installation and public art. She graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 1999. Her work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, and is in the collections of the State of Oregon, The Center for Art in Wood and the White House.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: My training in ceramics, woodworking and metals gave me the skill set to explore the unexpected in my art. My recent sculptures combine laser cut aluminum, hardwoods, and I subtly incorporate found objects as a decorative element.

    A: I try to use found or reclaimed materials whenever possible, leaving less of a footprint on the earth. The mark of the hand is important to me, and I believe it creates more meaningful art for those who live with it every day.

    A: This current body of work derives in part from my public art practice—the designs start by hand cutting silhouettes with scissors which are laser cut in metal or shaped in reclaimed wood. Carved surfaces or found materials like embedded pencils often add subtle design elements and an element of surprise for the viewer.

    A: I was extremely moved by the rediscovery of artist Lee Bontecou and saw the retrospective show of her sculptures, mobiles and wall works when it toured the US in 2007. The catalog from this show is the book I return to the most for inspiration.

    A: I have forged so many networks through the connections of craft--from childhood through my education and on into my professional life, I am so fortunate to be connected to a worldwide family of makers.

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