Artist Profile: Elizabeth Hill

Person of European descent with long straight white hair wearing brown  hat

Elizabeth Hill (pronouns: she/her) is a queer artist that lives in the Snoqualmie Valley. She is a painter, potter and installation artist who also plays banjo in the band Elizabeth Hill and the Valley Folk.

Growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s, Elizabeth went by the nickname her family gave her, Betsy. In her childhood people would often comment that she was different from other girls in terms of many of her interests. She liked to fish, go on adventures with her brothers, and spent what was considered an unreasonable amount of time in the forest and playing music.

There were many negotiations with the school, the church and the grandparents about things like wearing pants instead of dresses, playing baseball instead of jump rope, and having too many scratches on her legs from spending days in the woods. Back then there wasn’t much discussion about it beyond being a Tomboy. So for younger people, she wants to say, do what you enjoy and don’t worry too much about the negotiations going on around you. It’s not really your issue. Don’t worry too much about labels, they change with time. Just be yourself and enjoy your life.

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Volcanic Seed Pod

conical shaped pottery sculpture with holes in the wall and an open top.

pottery sculpture

One of the things that Elizabeth studies are the generalized structures in nature and how those structures support life and also have been used as models for the built environment. In this piece “Volcanic Seed Pod”, she is thinking about the similar form of some seed pods giving life to plants, volcanoes giving life to earth, and women giving life to babies. It seems this form holds power of creation of something more than itself. And that is magical.

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