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S2EP89. Painting on her way to the subways & gardens w/ Hilary Doyle, Artist & Curator

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00:00.80
charukaarora
Welcome to the podcast Hillary. How are you doing? Firstly thank you so much for coming I I think the first time I heard your um, your conversation was with eica on I like your work podcast and since then I’ve been.

00:05.25
Hilary Doyle
I’m good. Thanks so much for having me.

00:38.70
charukaarora
And think we’ve been having a lot of to and flow and we decided like you know a good time and I’m so glad that we finally made it. So thank you.

00:42.91
Hilary Doyle
Totally totally thanks again for meeting me at Eleven o’clock and so nice of you.

00:57.32
charukaarora
No problem. Okay, before we get into this kind conversation. Um, hilly can you introduce yourself for people who are listening to this episode who you are what you do where you come from.

01:17.15
Hilary Doyle
Sure, um, my name’s Hilar Doyle and I live in Worcester Massachusetts I’m a painter and um sometimes I make sculpture and digital drawings I um, show my work with Tamer Granae gallery in London. And um I also am a teacher I’ve been teaching at Rhode Island school of design purchase college and I also helped co-found and Nyc Crit Club with Katherine Haggerty I don’t run the program anymore I’ve helped Katherine with it for None ars

02:37.58
charukaarora
Full bow.

02:35.21
Hilary Doyle
Um, but now Katherine runs a program and I still teach one class for it every semester and I think you know and I’ll talk more about curriculum later. But basically I’m a teacher and an artist to make it shorter.

02:56.36
charukaarora
Yes, yes, that’s that’s so nice if you do so humbly say but you’ve done a lot of things you’ve you’ve literally taught a lot Actually I was just going before this I was going through your work and everything and I was like oh my God that. Like you’ve done a lot of teaching.

03:31.21
Hilary Doyle
Yes, Yes I love teaching I think it’s such a wonderful inspiring probably like the podcast just a really great way to talk with artists and I feel very inspired by my students and I hope that I inspire them and. I Love the way that making art gives me ideas for teaching and teaching gives me ideas for art in a really fluid way like I’ll be studying something like egg tempera for class I’m teaching and ah it’ll come into my art in a certain way and I think that can be really fun.

04:36.40
charukaarora
Oh Wow Yeah, absolutely yeah, that’s such a good point because I think do you think teaching also evolves your um your own practice.

05:02.70
Hilary Doyle
I do I do I think so I try to I try to make whatever I’m teaching evolve my practice even if it’s not going to naturally be in there like I wanted I taught a winter session class at risd and they said I could do whatever I wanted so I chose. Things to study and teach about that were um, like these surrealist rubbings by max ernst and I you know got some books on it and did my own research and I think whatever your um I like the lifelong learning sort of idea so like even at Crick Club right now I have this.

06:13.58
charukaarora
I Love that.

06:15.69
Hilary Doyle
Class called the studio visit because I wanted to know like how are people doing Zoom visits now and and what’s the contemporary. You know best practices for a studio visit because I’m doing all these zoom studio visits and it feels really new and different. Um, and I feel like I’m already learning a lot from you mentioned Eriica Erika was just a guest. Um and I feel like I learn a lot with my class and I hope I’m also teaching them things too that I’ve learned a lot in the way.

06:55.90
charukaarora
Yes I love them.

07:14.36
charukaarora
I like that yes and I the idea of studio visits I think we I also did studio visits. Um, which was pretty successful. Um like a really fun project and a very love project during the pandemic and it was strange but it was such a new way to do things and still.

07:38.97
Hilary Doyle
Smooth. Yes.

07:53.16
charukaarora
Be like still learn and explore in spite of the restrictions.

07:52.95
Hilary Doyle
Absolutely yes, just gave a new way to meet with artists I think on Zoom.

08:09.46
charukaarora
Yeah, okay, let’s let’s start from the beginning I know that you were born in a small space and today your work um is about middle class um commuting travel which I think probably also have. Happens in a lot of like metropolitan city where people travel for long distance. A lot of the traveling public travel. Firstly I want to know about um your early experiences of growing up in a smaller space and have you observed the same details that he observed today. And how have you transitioned from that place to here and how that has happened in your work too many questions but probably in the same branch.

09:29.10
Hilary Doyle
No, it’s it’s good. Um I well so it’s kind of been a back and forth because I was born in Worcester mass which is a kind of small place in comparison to a big city then I lived in New York for 12 years and recently moved back to.

10:07.44
charukaarora
Um, oh wows.

10:08.81
Hilary Doyle
Worcester just in the last couple of years in the pandemic since having our Tod our baby here and so I’ve sort of gone back and forth. But this idea of being inspired by what’s happening in my regular life so before it was kind of commuting to teach I was commuting all the time.

10:50.74
charukaarora
Yes.

10:46.55
Hilary Doyle
From New York to Rhode Island to upstate New York for teaching and so that time became really important for inspiration for my art and a lot of you know you could see that as a huge obstacle to have like 20 hours of traveling a week but I just saw a studio. Important studio time and so now that I live in Worcester, the same thing I walk my toddler on walks to parks as inspiration. So I’m spending time with him we collect flowers along the way I’ll find so I’m back to this kind of small town place but you could do this anywhere major city and I collect. Like plants or um, like moss from trees and I use that as inspiration for my art now. So I just try to take my everyday life experiences and bring it into my work I think it has less to do in a way with the metropolitan area and more with like.

12:30.60
charukaarora
Like has is like a lot of your work has like you know the Subway seat I don’t honestly because I’m not even based in the Us I’m even more interested on howfrastrurally different. Um.

12:37.85
Hilary Doyle
What’s along the way.

13:08.20
charukaarora
Smaller in because cities are let’s in in India um, the smaller and big city look quite different because we don’t have a lot like we don’t have metro systems in smaller cities. A lot of people in smaller cities. Don’t have to travel long distance because the cities are smaller. There are few places to go the distance time traveled is shorter.

13:04.93
Hilary Doyle
Um, yeah, um.

13:30.83
Hilary Doyle
Totally yeah.

13:47.94
charukaarora
Lot of your work has like Subway systems people taking like a Subway or someone sitting like a Newsstand um has I has those Visuals Visuals evolved since you’ve moved to a small like a small city back.

14:14.70
Hilary Doyle
Oh you cut out for a None but are you saying has that changed now that I’m in a small city again. Yes yes, it definitely has now it’s like people in parks and and sitting on benches in parks. But before they were sitting on a bench in the subway and so it’s kind of there’s parallels to.

14:26.70
charukaarora
Yes, yes, yes. Um, yeah, yes, yeah.

14:53.41
Hilary Doyle
Um, the things in the places but it’s true. It’s different in that way. There’s no subway here for example so I felt like I couldn’t I couldn’t just keep making Subway themed art because I have no more access to that like I’m not near it anymore. So it became important to switch.

15:06.50
charukaarora
Um, None end

15:21.96
charukaarora
Um, yeah, yeah. Why you always So go ahead.

15:30.91
Hilary Doyle
and and really that’s changed a lot of things and and I think maybe being isolated and being in a small town before the work was more about like the everyday and and ah a real kind of place with some imaginary elements. But now I think it’s. Become more imaginary since I’ve moved to a smaller place I’ve been able to delve more into like thinking about maybe this world is becoming something else. Maybe it’s not just a park anymore and now it’s a community of women who are reclaiming their own. Narratives or reclaiming lost histories of women that were buried by patriarchal religions and I’ve been doing a lot of research on um goddesses and how every single you know place in the world used to have a very deep history of goddess narratives.

17:02.28
charukaarora
Or wow.

17:24.70
Hilary Doyle
And I’m trying to sort of configure these women as though they’re like contemporary goddesses walking through um everyday spaces so it’s become more imaginative I think since I’ve moved to a more isolated place. Yeah.

17:52.64
charukaarora
Smile yeah have you been? always? um, a firstly how were you growing up were you um, were you a creative child and were you always like so interested in um, and receptive to words. Your environment because a lot of your work is informed by your immediate environment today like be it wherever you are.

18:39.65
Hilary Doyle
That’s true. That’s a great question I um I found a diary that I kept when I was 8 and it has like little drawings in it of like the dryer or like ah an animal I saw that date like really boring things like. Just a dialogue of of my regular everyday life like the Tv and somebody’s like eating an ice cream cone in the picture just to kind of just recording like what I was seeing and so I think that that does go very far back and. Um I sort of see that diary as a good example of that.

19:56.56
charukaarora
So That means you were you were always someone who was um I think picking up on your immediatee environment and that pink vice I think a lot of us we all consume information and surroundings in very different ways. What you may notice I may not even notice at all and what. I may be sensitive to may not matter to you or impact you as much it may to me like how we all even if we’re in the same Environment. We all may notice so many things so differently.

20:50.61
Hilary Doyle
Totally totally and and also along that question of like was I a creative child I don’t think I was I don’t think I was naturally good at drawing but I had tried everything and um I got kicked out out of dance like when I was five Because. Just wanted to do my own dance you know and that’s what artists are I like artists want to do their own. They have their own way that they want to do and then I felt like withdrawing um I wasn’t good at singing I wasn’t good at sports. Thank my parents just signed me up for everything.

21:37.72
charukaarora
But yes, yes.

21:59.97
Hilary Doyle
But I took a class at the local art museum. There’s a Worcester art museum is really small and at first I didn’t like it. But then I realized it was something that I could learn to do so I kind of feel like that’s what I love about art I kind of think anyone can learn how to do it I don’t think it’s something that. Um, only certain special people can do I think everyone can do it. You just have to it just takes a lot of work to to do I think that’s what I think but.

22:50.28
charukaarora
Yeah, yeah, and I think a lot of unlearning because I think the more we grow. Ah the stiffer We become how that’s how I think just we’ve been conditioned and being an artist requires a lot of unlearning for us to let lose.

23:04.41
Hilary Doyle
Totally.

23:19.10
Hilary Doyle
Totally.

23:27.50
charukaarora
Like sometimes I feel like I’m going back to the same version like it’s like mapping our journey to our to our old self like the knife like the most organic form of who we were without what before what world told us then we became what world told us and when we chose to become martyrs we’re mapping our way back.

23:58.97
Hilary Doyle
Totally.

24:07.46
charukaarora
Who we were and it’s like ah it’s like a whole thing I feel like it’s such Um, it’s such a big challenge Sometimes how was your journey. You’ve you’ve taught you’ve come from an art school. You’ve taught all world. The places.

24:22.73
Hilary Doyle
I’m so yeah.

24:44.16
charukaarora
Firstly, let’s talk about your own experience of of going of learning and then finding yourself as an artist. What was your biggest challenge in your own journey as an artist finding yourself.

25:10.17
Hilary Doyle
That’s a great question I think my biggest challenge was finding um, finding a narrative that I really wanted to paint I always wanted to paint narratively like I always had a interest in narrative and interest in. Landscape or different spaces but it never quite felt right because I didn’t know what the story was but I actually think um, the subway was the none thing where I was like this can be mine like I just wanted something where I wanted ownership of it like it was a space that I hadn’t seen a lot of paintings about. And I felt like that gave me some freedom where I was like okay, what would this painting of this space look like and some of my favorite paintings. There were paintings of the subway that were some of my favorite paintings. Um, you know. George Tooker has such a great painting of the subway but there aren’t very many of them. So I just felt like it was a world I could start building on because there wasn’t something else that looked like it and similarly now after becoming a mother I feel like I have more to make art about and more of a story to investigate and.

26:59.56
charukaarora
Yeah.

27:25.43
Hilary Doyle
Sort of see strength in women in a different way than I did before where I want to like empower women in a new way that I don’t think I understood before becoming a mother but I don’t think you I don’t think I I think I needed it for my art but I don’t think everybody does. But for me, it was a big.

27:49.18
charukaarora
Him. Everybody does? Yeah, yeah, yeah, how has that how has month of being a mother today. Um impacted you as an artist.

28:01.73
Hilary Doyle
This big can change.

28:19.31
Hilary Doyle
I Think it gives me a lot of inspiration. There’s so much against you when you become a mother artist or a mother in any field because suddenly it could take over your whole life I feel so lucky because we moved because my mother is here.

28:48.74
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

28:58.91
Hilary Doyle
And in a way I’ve gotten to know her better and um, she’s become such an important caretaker for my son and so in terms of oh yeah, so the question was how has my work changed. Um I think that. It’s it’s become more inspired by art and I’ve it’s been kind of you know it inspires my art in a new way like I’ll be blowing dandelions with Theo and I’ll think oh this can be a really good painting or i’ll.

30:07.46
charukaarora
Um.

30:08.99
Hilary Doyle
Like bouncing him on a yoga ball in the dark and I’m like this would be a kind of funny painting like so it gives me life experiences that and um, he also likes to look at things really closely and I think I always liked doing that before but you always look crazy when you go up against a tree and just like look at the bark.

30:21.10
charukaarora
Um, is it fit.

30:50.56
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

30:47.90
Hilary Doyle
But but when you’re with your toddler. It doesn’t seem that weird that you can look at everything really slowly and carefully and and that’s something that’s influenced my art as well.

31:06.74
charukaarora
And we can I think we can also be so much more inquisitive because inquisitive in apples. For some reason we’re always so afraid of asking the stupid question or this may be appropriate or not or what would people think about us and kids they don’t care I mean.

31:13.37
Hilary Doyle
Yeah, totally.

31:44.90
charukaarora
They don’t care about if it’s a if they all they care about is what they are curious about and they are no longer afraid to and I think I love the organicness I think organicness of what children bring um into our lives I don’t have children I’m not married but I recently like.

31:50.10
Hilary Doyle
Totally.

32:23.88
charukaarora
Um, we had 2 children in our family this year in the past two years actually and I feel like I think as artists sometimes we take ourselves too seriously, even though we don’t we shouldn’t be. We keep saying that I think one of the biggest things I have learned with children. Um.

32:40.87
Hilary Doyle
So it’s true.

33:03.80
charukaarora
Around is I realized I’ve learned from them how not to take ourselves myself so seriously like and I I love what it does to one and I’m sure when you’re a mother. Um, how liberating maybe that could be I don’t know if I’m right or not.

33:30.75
Hilary Doyle
Absolutely and just being in the present moment and also it can be like it can be liverating because you’re inspired by it and also because you only have a set amount of time. So I only have like some days I only had.

34:03.76
charukaarora
Yes.

34:10.10
Hilary Doyle
His nap and like an hour you know later so that time I learned to like make my art a lot faster and it became more gestural and I was like can I make a watercolor in 10 minutes what would happen. Um, and I think you know? yeah so every challenge whether it’s motherhood or anything in your life.

34:25.98
charukaarora
Um, you see.

34:50.22
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

34:49.61
Hilary Doyle
It can become it can become something that inspires you or challenges you to do your art in a new way which can be really liberating.

35:06.64
charukaarora
But you know your work Otherwise, Also you’ve been very resourceful I feel like um like your work with your commuting I think it takes a huge amount of dedication and commitment to make sure you make out the time no matter what for your own work and.

35:34.19
Hilary Doyle
And slowly.

35:43.16
charukaarora
I Love how you’ve how you’ve used that as something that’s become an integral part had become and is continue you know continues to evolve into your work like you know, a lot of people a lot of people can’t um adapt their practice to their routines. Um.

36:07.75
Hilary Doyle
Of yes.

36:19.72
charukaarora
Like you I know like you make I you made Iphone drawings and they looked like it it I could see that um you have you’ve committed to making the work but you’ve also made sure that if your life has evolved.

36:20.55
Hilary Doyle
Yes, oh.

36:56.92
charukaarora
Whatever way you can you make that address to your work. How hard was that for you.

36:57.49
Hilary Doyle
Absolutely I think in a way it made it everything easier to I liked how you put it adapt to the present or adapt to your current life situation because I think a lot of times artists Mourn the loss of being able to make their art.

37:33.80
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

37:35.90
Hilary Doyle
Because of outside circumstances things in life that feel like too big. You know obstacles that feel insurmountable and they make excuses they say things like oh I’m commuting all the time or I’ll wait till the summer when I’m not teaching or something and I think that.

38:06.60
charukaarora
Yeah.

38:09.49
Hilary Doyle
It made all of those moments more joyous to know that I was going to be on a 4 hour bus ride and I could make some drawings on that trip and you know I made a lot of Iphone drawings that um, only now am I about to like print them and turn them into a physical artwork. Um.

38:20.64
charukaarora
Um, he.

38:47.44
charukaarora
Um, and can.

38:46.37
Hilary Doyle
But all of that time got used in a positive way and I was happier with what was a very difficult situation to travel so many hours every week. Yeah.

39:02.80
charukaarora
Um, yeah, because a lot of people would feel set aback because of you know, let’s it your teaching commitment and they’ll be like okay you know I have commuting and you know I can’t make the time I’d rather do this instead you.

39:15.41
Hilary Doyle
Right? Yeah yeah.

39:38.56
charukaarora
Made a work out of that you actually made a body of work out of that that became quite recognizable for you.

39:45.31
Hilary Doyle
Totally totally yes and I hope that people can do that with the challenges in their life like whatever the challenge is if you can try to find a creative way to make it a positive for whatever you’re trying to do in your if it’s an art practice or not but I think art. Is very good at adapting because artists are creative.

40:25.38
charukaarora
Yeah, yeah, Okay, tell me something Now. Let’s say when you adapted your work when with your commuting I think like you know, Basically when you’re in the beginning of something. Um, when your work is still getting evolved. Ah, hitting you know, being Recognizable. It’s still. It’s still you know we’re in an exploration mode and we become like okay you know your your work with commuting that had become recognizable then Covid happened and a lot of.

41:20.67
Hilary Doyle
Um, well.

41:36.44
charukaarora
Of Course a lot of work that was inspired by travels and your commuting you were not having some same experiences and then you also now you move to smaller cities. Did you had those innovations like oh my God A lot of my work is now you know inspired by um. This and you know that’s how I’m known and how do I shift my practice. What will you know a lot of us have this question like who if what if I change my medium. What if my subject matters suddenly only changed would I not be written how like you know these this is a lot of questions come up how how what was that for you.

42:29.33
Hilary Doyle
Yes.

42:42.70
Hilary Doyle
That’s a great question at first when I was um, asked to do a show of those of those subway paintings I had moved back to Worcester and the show was an online show for tamer granae and he wanted me to do a few more like. None more or something. Um, there were about maybe like None paintings in the show total in the end but um, so I did make some more subway-themed works because I had ideas for them and I had written them down and I I think that was when it. Did shift a little it started to get a little more imaginative in the work anyway because I was I had that distance and then um after that show was over I felt like I could not make anymore I think I made like 1 more subway painting. Um, but there were always little landscapes in the back of the paintings or hidden in the signs.

44:12.80
charukaarora
Um, kissy.

44:30.64
charukaarora
Yeah.

44:28.77
Hilary Doyle
Um, the Subway signs. So I sort of thought like okay I can I sort of have this thing in the back of my mind and I always sort of had this idea that after I had kids I would do a theme of parks like to focus on parks as the public space. So even though it’s a completely different space.

44:55.20
charukaarora
Oh.

45:03.39
Hilary Doyle
I Saw it as ah as a different public space that I’m about to spend a whole lot more time in um and so I I chose similarly I found like the place that I’m going to be a lot is going to be outside.

45:14.94
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

45:28.53
Hilary Doyle
Um, I also felt like I couldn’t make work about being inside anymore because everyone was so trapped inside for 2 years so for me I just felt like I I want to imagine being outside like I do not want to even be in my house anymore. Um, so that sort of evolved naturally and I was I’m lucky in that.

45:45.40
charukaarora
Yeah.

46:08.63
Hilary Doyle
Timor was fully supportive and he was like these are great. You know he was into the work and um and I think he even said something like artists naturally evolve and that that’s really a positive and good thing and it’s good to support that and just follow what you can.

46:35.94
charukaarora
Um, yeah, yeah.

46:45.97
Hilary Doyle
What you’re excited about making so I think um I think having that sort of natural evolution of your practice and just following it rather than worrying about oh am I the subway painter forever and I painted this way for 6 years so I

47:12.70
charukaarora
Um, yeah, yeah, yeah, and I think that’s also a lot of things that we’re told about now like ah these are very stereotypical nouns but a lot of us are put into that box like people.

47:20.69
Hilary Doyle
Was a long time and I think you know everybody changes.

47:52.60
charukaarora
Artists feel scared of evolving new Concepts and like you know, ah they know this is something that works for them and then what if something else doesn’t work what if we don’t find what next you’re looking for and especially where this comes a lot for people who found success in something and it becomes even harder to. Challenge themselves and to evolve into something because that means you’re risking of losing something that you already have. But you’re also as artists you’re also hungry about exploring and experimenting and I think that’s a fundamental nature. Okay, tell me something. Um.

48:47.55
Hilary Doyle
Absolutely.

49:01.80
charukaarora
Lot Your work is also like like capturing people right? It’s just not let’s say a Subway of course I’ve seen a couple of your works which is just separate but a lot of your work is an environment interacting with a human.

49:03.25
Hilary Doyle
Um, want.

49:22.77
Hilary Doyle
Of all.

49:41.38
charukaarora
Um, of what I’m really interested in knowing is like when you’re painting and when you’re using like when you’re capturing these moments. Um, even if you’re drawing or even if you’re making those mental notes like when you make a work. Do you like imagine like a narrative like ah. Like a narrative that you are also subconsciously building in your mind. No matter what the reality is.

50:25.57
Hilary Doyle
Um, usually it’s a kind of collaboration with the artwork like um I kind of learn the narrative a little bit more as I go or I’ll be sometimes I’ll paint from figures in other paintings like I’ll I’ll find a. Um, our mother and child from another painting or um, there’s an Apollo and Daphne Painting by Tiapolo and the cupid is grabbing the leg of Daphne and I’m like oh my toddler does that like this is like my real life and.

51:33.82
charukaarora
Um, fifty. Yeah.

51:35.93
Hilary Doyle
Painting and that had its own narrative but the narrative in the painting started to change and it could be so many things that she’s you know, trapped between these 2 people chasing her or she’s you know trying maybe she’s trying to save them both or maybe I’m you know I’m also interested in how other people read them.

51:59.82
charukaarora
The statistics.

52:12.83
Hilary Doyle
And what narratives they bring in but I kind of approach the narratives that way as I go so I might get an idea for something like I was painting this woman with her. Um, she was just looking up and I was like what is she looking up at oh, maybe maybe the child’s on a swing like up. That’s why they would be like right next to her and that that would be just from from the painting process from just asking myself questions as I go rather than sort of having like None narrative decided before I go in.

52:55.40
charukaarora
Um.

53:17.18
charukaarora
Yeah, yeah, so you’re basically also telling yourself stories.

53:20.67
Hilary Doyle
Exactly and then the interesting thing about the swing one was the next day there was woman that just looked just like the woman in the painting and the child in the swings next to us at the at the park and I was like Wow and you know and then I got more ideas So I feel like there’s this kind of synchronicity.

53:42.66
charukaarora
I. Um, yeah.

53:58.95
Hilary Doyle
Like can happen when you’re being just really open to um, letting the work tell you what to do.

54:19.84
charukaarora
I’ll also love the way a I think I Absolutely love um your color and drama but also the fluidity of how you paint and you draw your paintings basically look like huge drawings, beautiful drawings and.

54:41.90
Hilary Doyle
Interest I Love that.

54:54.78
charukaarora
Like it’s like you know when also how I relate to it is um, let’s say commuting um a lot of your initial work I feel your work also has that motion like you know when you’re making a sketch on the go.

55:16.85
Hilary Doyle
Yes, right.

55:26.00
charukaarora
You know that you’re Quicker. You’re Faster. You want to like you know, finish it off and even though these are and it makes sense when you’re making a small drawing but capturing that emotion on a large scale painting is is very very like I Really love that and it also blows my mind like I Really like that motion. How is that something intentionary or how has that come into your work.

56:07.47
Hilary Doyle
Yes, that’s such a good question I am I’ve been trying to figure that out for some time because I really I make Monotypes and drawings and sketches and I’m like it looks so good here. How do I get that on the big one and honestly in the very beginning I would project.

56:36.84
charukaarora
Me.

56:43.85
Hilary Doyle
Um I took my drawing or my Monotype I projected it on and I would just really loosely copy it exactly pretty much and this is frowned upon I guess but I just was never in the beginning I was not that good at scaling up. It would just be this big struggle to copy it the drawing and I was like the drawings.

57:06.44
charukaarora
Um, yeah, no one? yeah.

57:22.50
Hilary Doyle
Perfect I just need it to be this and so that was what I did at None and then later I didn’t need to do that as much and I could just paint it myself and I was more used to the scale of the marks and how they were and I kind of liked with the projector to how you couldn’t really see it all as you were going.

58:00.20
charukaarora
Um, and.

58:00.39
Hilary Doyle
So it kind of surprised you a little bit I mean I know it sounds like it would be exactly how you’d imagine. But since it’s dark. You kind of can’t see you can only put in big marks so that was 1 thing that helped me another thing is just I always keep my drawings up and around and I try to practice.

58:16.62
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

58:37.94
charukaarora
Um, in.

58:38.89
Hilary Doyle
Painting in like a mark that looks just like the drawing and I try to make my brush my brushes for the drawings are like the exact size to scale that they are in the small painting so I’ll use it like a you know None inch brush and then my brush in the painting is like.

59:04.14
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

59:23.18
charukaarora
Um, yeah, yeah, it also is like you know, even with the bach paintings or let’s say like you know, even as mothers Even when you’re there, you’re constantly in motion.

59:18.39
Hilary Doyle
Four inches or something to match the size of the mark and I think that helps too with them movement and skill shift.

59:58.80
charukaarora
Ah, how children keep you on your toes. Um, do you think now making those paintings None is on a commute and like then being inspired versus now your work. Um, even though both of them have motion I think the momentum is very different in the momentum of a commute is very different versus.

59:54.99
Hilary Doyle
Yeah, from.

01:00:18.63
Hilary Doyle
Yes.

01:00:39.18
charukaarora
Momentum and the mindset of a mother who’s exhausted or who’s multitasking more than we one can handle um has that also impacted the way you’re making your work like because your work is very um I wouldn’t say like it’s very fluid it Gap I feel like it Also maybe captures.

01:00:36.25
Hilary Doyle
Yeah.

01:01:03.45
Hilary Doyle
Health.

01:01:17.26
charukaarora
Your own movements in your personal life has that impacted now changed evolved.

01:01:19.11
Hilary Doyle
Absolutely I do feel like um I’m trying to make things in a maybe looser way. Oh sorry you can hear a B There’s bumble bee in background. Um I’ve been trying to have ah things sort of match the fluidity of.

01:01:43.70
charukaarora
Not yet.

01:01:55.35
Hilary Doyle
Everyday life. So it’s true I think the speed of of my life now has a kind of sort of staggered or layered effect like I only have a few minutes so it’s going to be a quick mark here a quick mark there and that’s. That’s how my toddler is he’s like running here running there. He only has a few seconds. It’s only going to be None more seconds doing this then we’re going down to somewhere else and you know that kind of motion is really good and I I think in the very past like.

01:02:42.10
charukaarora
Um.

01:02:59.50
Hilary Doyle
Maybe ten years ago I would kind of overwork my paintings or I’d like layer them too much or I’d have like too much in them and now I feel like I have more time between layers and I can I don’t overwork things as much because I’m trying to get that kind of fresh immediacy. Also I’ve been making these daily watercolors every day.

01:03:08.80
charukaarora
Um, yeah. Um, yeah. Um, and.

01:03:38.59
Hilary Doyle
Um, and that that helps with that too kind of there’s a minimalism in those I like that I’m trying to bring out in the paintings a little bit in the backgrounds or in some of the marks and I think the watercolor practice helps. Oh yeah, colors. Um for color I for like baby.

01:04:00.20
charukaarora
Um, yeah, and what about colors. Ah sorry, go ahead.

01:04:18.51
Hilary Doyle
7 years I just used like the same four pigments to make like all those subway paintings were made with them four 5 different pigments mostly and they are weird colors that I get from gara paint which is one of my favorite acrylic paint stores. Um, and.

01:04:40.12
charukaarora
Um, and.

01:04:54.47
Hilary Doyle
They have this color system where you can just take the pigment and the water is premixed and then you mix it into the gel medium so that it can be as bright as you want and it doesn’t have that kind of plastic I mean it’s still plastic but it’s I think less plastic you looking than just regular storebot.

01:05:15.56
charukaarora
Um, is children. Yeah.

01:05:31.41
Hilary Doyle
Acrylic paint. It has higher pigment volume and it’s this really great company run by artists. Um I Really recommend it if you like acrylic paint. Okay and you’re doing collage. So it’s collage and.

01:05:47.26
charukaarora
I Will oh I can’t ah I don’t my equation with aates and oils has never been so good I Love go I Love watercolors. Yeah so I try recently? yeah.

01:06:10.39
Hilary Doyle
Things like textured on I Love that.

01:06:23.10
charukaarora
So been working with oils I think my my first encounter with aks was such that that I knew that this wasn’t this wasn’t me my None and for foremost love has always been quash but I’ve always challenged myself to be more good with oils. But I figured I’ve made peace with that that I love.

01:06:40.77
Hilary Doyle
Um, okay yeah.

01:07:02.54
charukaarora
I Love the naturalness and I love wood. So I do a lot of watercolors and go wash on wood with you know collages and embellishments and I think it. Also we all take um, it’s it’s I think a lot of our work Also like even when I’m trying to connect the dots for your work like um.

01:07:11.35
Hilary Doyle
Beautiful. So.

01:07:41.96
charukaarora
Feel like how um as also such a good fit for the theme of the work that you’re doing um it it also adds another layer of the materials that you’re using that are coming from her industrial point of view and you know the fast life and like you know.

01:08:11.97
Hilary Doyle
Absolutely I and I try to use pigments that are kind of contemporary like there’s a whole history of all different kinds of pigments. But I’m using like phthalo blue which is pretty like um. Use I say contemporary because it’s just a recently more recently developed pigment or quinnaridone red and I use this Yellow. It’s called Quinapallonne Yellow and it’s really a weird kind of yellow that goes back and Forth. Um, and I’ve started using new pigments Now Parlean green.

01:08:50.44
charukaarora
Um.

01:09:21.21
Hilary Doyle
Sorry if this is boring for everyone but I just love frighting pigments This fun.

01:09:29.54
charukaarora
No, but you know when you no no, we can definitely know about that. But when I I saw your work and I’ve been seeing your work for a while now you know what? what does it remind me of I don’t know if you know about it. Um. It gives me a very retro feel for some reason. Um and very specifically I don’t know if you’ve seen riverdale on Netflix um riverdale. It’s it’s a series on um, it’s a high school pop pointed series. But.

01:10:04.97
Hilary Doyle
That’s interesting I mean.

01:10:14.21
Hilary Doyle
Oh what is it called? Oh no.

01:10:41.20
charukaarora
It’s a very cinematic high school artsy like kind of a um show and I if you see the color palettes and the use of color in the mood that they set. Um I feel like your work is very similar to that time like they also had a lot of drama and like you know.

01:11:03.67
Hilary Doyle
Cool.

01:11:18.40
charukaarora
Led like like you know the way your color the highlights the dread highlights um versus dark shadows. Um this very mood vintagey like pop vintagey mood that I feel like you know those neon.

01:11:29.79
Hilary Doyle
Totally.

01:11:53.50
charukaarora
When I saw that painting I can’t drink call the name but like I could think about um the Neon Bell you know those pop more shake shops because there’s one very popular shake shop in that series. So I feel like it’s very mood driven like.

01:12:08.43
Hilary Doyle
Cool. Totally and actually I think it’s really apt that you’d say that because sometimes I get color palette ideas from Netflix shows especially crime dramas where the light is really weird. Yeah so I try to get that in the paintings.

01:12:27.62
charukaarora
It sets away specific mood.

01:12:44.46
charukaarora
Oh yeah, that it’s a who God Yes, it’s so it’s a crime drama. It’s a crime drama. It is a crime down drama. Yes, yes, oh yes.

01:12:56.79
Hilary Doyle
But do you say? Yes, yes, oh it’s a crimegram I was going to ask you? Yeah, it’s all crime movies that I got the color from because I I did I mean at that time when I was making those paintings I was like everything’s a crime all around me. How do I get this feeling into the work. You know in a non-literal way. So it’s funny that you’d say that. But yes, yeah, I’m really inspired by the color and crime movies and Tv shows.

01:13:43.58
charukaarora
No I Totally get it now I Love that mood I feel like it’s very like I feel that you can you can feel that drama and even when there’s no emotion like like your work is also a blend between its fluid and figurative and abstract like.

01:14:11.51
Hilary Doyle
So yeah.

01:14:21.12
charukaarora
You wouldn’t see the eyes or you but because of the mood that you said it’s so expressive the color speaks a lot um about the conversation or the interaction with the elements of the one of the painting.

01:14:30.59
Hilary Doyle
Absolutely.

01:14:49.29
Hilary Doyle
I’m glad you’re seeing that yes I I want the mood to come from the color like less from the person’s expression even because I almost want the person to be like they could be any person and so you could just project yourself into like the space like you know I guess I imagine like.

01:15:12.64
charukaarora
Um, yeah, yeah.

01:15:22.30
Hilary Doyle
Maybe the viewers really the person feeling the feelings in the painting.

01:15:33.10
charukaarora
Lovely okay, tell me about NY secret club. What is that I know you’re very passionate about tiating.

01:15:39.63
Hilary Doyle
absolutely absolutely yes um I’m glad you asked an o I see crit club is a fantastic art program that has online and in-person classes for artists with questions. About where they’re going to go next with their art and it’s for working artists who have you know, maybe been out of school or who are looking for community or who want feedback on their work from fresh eyes and there’s all different kinds of classes for all different kinds of ways of getting inspired. Um, artists in the classes range from 25 to you know people in their seventy s and it’s really a fun group of people from on Zoom classes all over the world and so originally it was um.

01:17:10.74
charukaarora
Um, oh wow.

01:17:28.63
Hilary Doyle
In-person classes. We would go to different people. Studios. Um, and at none it was just a small group of people and then I invited Katherine Haggerty in and she really she and I built it together. Um. And it became this bigger and bigger thing slowly over time and really in a way the pandemic um, helped people need community even more or realize how much they needed it and so that brought a lot of people into our online classes and then now crit club has in-person classes again.

01:18:25.32
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

01:18:43.87
Hilary Doyle
Um, even though I’m not running the program anymore. Katherine has ah an in-person space now that is very beautiful. There’s a residency called the plumlyme residency where artists can work for a month in ah in the space when Crick Club’s not using it for classes.

01:19:07.84
charukaarora
Um, yeah. Um, yeah.

01:19:21.37
Hilary Doyle
And so it has just inspiring classes for artists who are looking to take their work to the next level. Um, as a kind of summary of.

01:19:37.76
charukaarora
It also says like you know it also says like at um, learning alternative learning for ats what I was really interested in knowing was what made you? Um, when would you start in Mysiri Club was there something of your own.

01:19:46.65
Hilary Doyle
Exactly.

01:20:03.50
Hilary Doyle
That’s a great question. Absolutely um, similarly to kind of the you know taking a challenge and trying to turn it into something good I had been commuting at that time when when Catherine and I started curp club.

01:20:11.76
charukaarora
Personal experience.

01:20:34.25
Hilary Doyle
I was commuting to teach at purchase college and I was community to teach at Risd like you know 3 4 hours both ways I really wanted a job in New York but hadn’t gotten anything I had applied for and so I thought I can just make my own. Place and then also meanwhile I was seeing my students from purchase and Brown University and ah risd like going to art openings trying to meet people they were sometimes they you know they were like I’m living in my mom’s basement and they look kind of pale and I was like. Oh my goodness. These brilliant artists are all anonymously alone trying to go to art openings because everyone tells you network at art openings. But that’s very difficult to do especially if you know 0 people. How will you ever meet anyone so I wanted these brilliant artists that were my friends and that were my students to meet each other.

01:21:57.26
charukaarora
Um, yeah, yes, yeah.

01:22:18.69
Hilary Doyle
I wanted to have a community and an art school that I could work with and for around me in New York City you know so I didn’t have to commute for a None job. Um, and so it solved all these problems. It helped my students and friends it helped.

01:22:37.74
charukaarora
Are in.

01:22:52.81
Hilary Doyle
Um, my commuting issue where I wasn’t going to get another faraway job and um and I think it provided definitely a need in the art world and Katherine’s a great curator as well and she brought in and she’s very organized. She brought in all of these skills I just.

01:23:16.88
charukaarora
Um, yeah.

01:23:25.85
Hilary Doyle
Did not have I wasn’t very organized I wasn’t um of you know I I did curate actually too and that was another way of building community for people. Um, but yeah I feel like Catherine’s really continuing the project in a beautiful way and um I do hope.

01:23:33.24
charukaarora
Um.

01:24:01.35
Hilary Doyle
If people are listening if you’re looking for feedback on your work or if you’re looking for a group of artists. It’s just such a warm inviting place to meet new artists and I hope people sign up. Oh yeah, so I’m I’m currently teaching this class called the studio visit. Um.

01:24:12.66
charukaarora
Um, stupid. Yeah, what are you currently teaching at and my secret club.

01:24:39.39
Hilary Doyle
Where we’re learning about studio visits and best practices for getting and giving studio visits and the class has great tips for artists I mean some of the things that have that I’ve thought about as like great takeaways. Are you know. A lot of times artists want to share their work and of course in a studio visit but really in the None studio Visit. It’s more about a conversation. It’s more about getting to know that other person it’s about sort of connecting with someone else almost more than the work and you were kind of saying this about podcasts like it’s more about.

01:25:46.60
charukaarora
Um, yeah, no yeah.

01:25:46.21
Hilary Doyle
Connection between 2 people and to kind of think of that as the priority rather than like getting a show immediately or things like that as as also a pressure on None visits that almost never happens that it’s a long-term process doing studio visits getting to know new people.

01:26:10.98
charukaarora
Um, no no.

01:26:19.53
Hilary Doyle
Um, and that’s just one of the many things I think people are learning in the class.

01:26:29.72
charukaarora
Yeah I Love that I think the idea how I see it is like the role we all we need patrons for our work and. To find patrons. It takes time and it takes conviction for others to believe in who we are and what we do. It’s just not what they see but it’s what they see in us. It’s It’s a story. It’s It’s how we present ourselves with so many things that and also I feel like. Relationships help you youth we longer results. How I see it with if you’re not doing this for a shorter while we’re all making connections and if we all take the time to build each other support each other learn about each other’s.

01:27:27.31
Hilary Doyle
Is.

01:28:00.64
charukaarora
Invest in each other we all will be able to move forward for a longer run rather than just seeking None opportunity one show I’d rather invest that time to you know do a lot more with someone even if that means I have to. Take it slow if that means I have to invest way more time without expecting something and return immediately.

01:28:32.15
Hilary Doyle
Exactly exactly that you’re building a friendship you’re building community and that’s sort of the philosophy. You know behind Crick Love too. It’s like all about making friendships with other artists and people in the art world.

01:28:46.10
charukaarora
Yes, you. Um, Lovely Oh my God Thank you so much I’ll read. It was so fun talking to I can’t believe it’s it’s It’s been 44 when it’s all right key.

01:29:16.21
Hilary Doyle
Oh my gosh I know I know thank you so much for having me and um I hope that people can if anyone’s in London and check out my show I’m going to be there. It’s some opening June Eleventh um coming up. Oh I guess.

01:29:40.56
charukaarora
Um.

01:29:54.97
Hilary Doyle
If this is released later then that and don’t worry. Yeah, absolutely absolutely and people can find me on Instagram at Hilllar L Doyle and my website which is http://hilarydoyle.com and thank you so much for talking to me I really.

01:30:00.28
charukaarora
Yeah, but you can still say it. It’s not people cashnakin on your website. We’ll still publish the details and stuff like that.

01:30:32.81
Hilary Doyle
Thing I Always love about this podcast is you always bring up such interesting questions and you always have um this kind of heartfelt way of speaking in such a beautiful way. So thank you for having me on your podcast. Oh okay, oh there’s a rapid fire. Oh I thought this was the end.

01:30:53.76
charukaarora
Um, thank you so much. Thank you I’m not letting you go, You’re still up for the rapid fire. Yes, no, no, no, no, no no I mean.

01:31:12.45
Hilary Doyle
Um, so oh no, Okay, okay, let’s go for it. Yes.

01:31:26.60
charukaarora
That’s okay, but you’re still I’m not letting you go before the rapid fire for sure. So are you ready? Okay, 1 2 3 shall we call 1 thing you want to convey through your work in the arts.

01:31:46.43
Hilary Doyle
1 thing I want to convey through my work in the arts crash. That’s a big question I think I have to do it quick. Okay, connecting with others in the broader art world is my goal.

01:32:04.62
charukaarora
Um, quick quick. Yes.

01:32:25.92
charukaarora
Perfect. What’s that 1 word that describes you the best.

01:32:25.95
Hilary Doyle
Head one out.

01:32:33.59
Hilary Doyle
1 word that describes me this gosh I wish I had had this before um, one word that describes me as ah I would say I am I’m both shy and and and bold at the same time.

01:32:41.24
charukaarora
1 white.

01:33:11.68
charukaarora
Oh Wow Yes, yes, you can be for sure if you could have a studio anywhere in the world where would it be.

01:33:09.15
Hilary Doyle
You can be that I think.

01:33:30.51
Hilary Doyle
Gosh these are such good questions. Um, anywhere I I do kind of I do Miss New York sometimes so I think you know maybe New York again like a really big one.

01:34:01.40
charukaarora
Near Oh Wow that would be a team studio your biggest source of inspiration. Yeah.

01:34:06.70
Hilary Doyle
Yeah, so.

01:34:14.43
Hilary Doyle
I think everyday life is one of my biggest sources of inspiration and um and Merlin Stone who is one of my favorite authors. She wrote this book called when god was a woman and I use it like all the time I’m reading it constantly.

01:34:39.50
charukaarora
Um, oh well I have to check it out. Oh my God I have to check it out. Okay, who’s a favorite woman artist from any point of time.

01:34:52.49
Hilary Doyle
She’s amazing.

01:35:06.50
Hilary Doyle
Oh gosh this is a hard 1 to favorite woman artist I’m okay I can’t really pick a favorite but I’m gonna say Isabel Bishop who painted the subway for a long time and I just think not enough people know about her.

01:35:34.26
charukaarora
Okay, okay, yeah, then I have to I will link her work in the show notes and all add images her world. It’ll be interesting to see how both of your work in the same place.

01:35:41.49
Hilary Doyle
Is great.

01:35:57.17
Hilary Doyle
That would be nice.

01:36:12.20
charukaarora
Who’s your go to person when you’re in trouble or in need of advice.

01:36:09.73
Hilary Doyle
Oh gosh, go to person when I’m in trouble. Um.

01:36:27.10
Hilary Doyle
Advice um I have my friend meredith is lay. She’s like my best friend from undergrad. She moved to New York with me when we didn’t know anybody and we worked in an art supply store and I feel like I still call her for advice I’ll text her painting.

01:36:50.84
charukaarora
Um, oh wow.

01:37:02.36
charukaarora
Oh or cheers to her. Okay, there is a little more than 1 voice. So you’re allowed okay, can you share 1 of your favorite moment as an artist something that you really cherish something that you keep close to your heart and you’re grateful for being an artist.

01:37:05.23
Hilary Doyle
Questions. She’s awesome.

01:37:41.48
charukaarora
Anything I’m sure them must stupid many one.

01:37:36.69
Hilary Doyle
Oh my gosh one moment as an artist I think any moment where my brush is on the canvas is like my favorite moment I don’t know if I can think of other anything else, but just that moment when your brush is on there.

01:37:59.22
charukaarora
Are. No I think it’s I think the joy of making the work. Yeah yeah, I get that? Yeah, if you were to meet younger Hillary today.

01:38:13.95
Hilary Doyle
And you’re listening to music and it just feels very joyous. That’s kind of the one moment every day.

01:38:42.64
charukaarora
What advice would you give up.

01:38:37.63
Hilary Doyle
Oh yeah, that’s a great question I um I I’m gonna quote keia pure Lou Martin who is is ah None of my students and she had this question. She had such a good answer for it and I was like yeah, that’s what I would do too. So I’m just really going to say what she said, but this is hers. She said that she wishes that she told herself to enjoy life a little bit more and to maybe work a little less and just you know find more life and inspiration from Joy Joyous things in life because I think I painted.

01:39:22.42
charukaarora
Um, okay.

01:39:37.28
charukaarora
Um, it is specific. Yeah yeah, new.

01:39:55.50
Hilary Doyle
Like every weekend until like midnight every day and um in all my spare time. So I just feel like maybe some more rest and fun things could be good. It felt like maybe it was too much in retrospect. So she’s very wise.

01:40:10.82
charukaarora
Um, yeah, yes, yeah, yes, no I absolute I Think that’s such a great advice. Yes. Ah, shout out to an artist. You’re currently enjoying on social media.

01:40:41.49
Hilary Doyle
Oh gosh shout out to an artist I’m currently enjoying on social media I really like Madeline donahuee’s paintings and celeste rapone. Um, those are 2 artists that I just think are awesome there.

01:41:08.70
charukaarora
Um, okay.

01:41:21.64
charukaarora
Um, no absolute doesn’t matter we. That’s that’s the point of social media I think we at least? yeah yeah.

01:41:20.13
Hilary Doyle
They don’t know me I don’t think but I just.

01:41:33.15
Hilary Doyle
Yeah, when you said that I was like I have to pick someone That’s not my friend because I like not my you know close friend. Otherwise I mean I have a lot of friends I would love to shout out to but I was like this should be someone that does that I don’t know properly.

01:42:02.60
charukaarora
Yeah, love me oh my God Thank you so much I It was just so fun talking to you. It was such a fun conversation. Thank you so much for your honesty and your want.

01:42:22.70
Hilary Doyle
Oh absolutely. Thanks so much for having me This was so great. Thank you.

01:42:37.72
charukaarora
Thank you and would you like to plug in last time where people can find you.

01:42:40.70
Hilary Doyle
oh oh yes um I yes, you can find me at um, Hilar L Doyle at um on Instagram or http://hilllarydoyle.com for my website. You can also find my work on the tamer grani website. Um, if you want to see the work from the show that might be closing soon in London I’m going to be in a group show in a few months in a landscape show with tamer two. So that would be another thing to check out. Um I’m also going to be.

01:43:53.86
charukaarora
Perfect I will link all of these. No no, please go ahead if you have more more than happy lots happening. Ah.

01:43:57.69
Hilary Doyle
Ah, okay, um, oh yeah, yeah, there’s also a group show at Mindy Solomon gallery coming up so that would be in other place I guess so’s just are you lucky.

01:44:32.34
charukaarora
Amazing. So I will link Hillary’s in Sudam website and any shows that are up by the time we publishes this episode so you can find all the details in the show notes and make you make sure you check her workout support her follow her and always I mean you know. I we all love cheric for each other and that’s I think that’s why we are all here. So thank you so much. Fieldy. Thank you so much for your time. Thank you so much for your honesty and sharing your work and likes with us and I hope to see you soon. Thank you bye.

01:45:28.95
Hilary Doyle
Thank you so much take care bye.

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