Then She Rode Off With It
Meghan Hildebrand is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. She went on to study art at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC, followed by studies at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, NS.
With dreamlike explorations of real and imagined landscapes, Meghan Hildebrand's paintings invite the viewer to get lost in worlds with few boundaries. The painting process is a key part of her work; colours and forms are built up intuitively, and the element of chance, through experimentation and spontaneous mark-making, lend raw energy to the paintings. These unexpected breakthroughs keep Hildebrand in a constant process of reinvention, and her work ever-changing.
“Meghan is very much aware of the structure of painting in terms of space and colour, moving with confidence between the abstraction of surface and the illusion of depth embodied in the work to serve the lively content. She accomplishes this with fresh innovations for each work, and although her presence in undeniable, there is no sense of mere repetition but rather continuous expansion of symbolic ideas.”
-Norman Yates, Canadian painter and mentor
Hildebrand's current series, "Fire Season", deals in part with the impermanence of our surroundings and structures by blurring the lines between weight and weightlessness. Shapes which appear as stones move like clouds. Colour is used to convey mood rather than representation. Each painting presents a moment for the imagination to take its rightful place at the front of the mind.
She has had over forty solo shows, including a retrospective survey at the Yukon Arts Centre 2012. Hildebrand’s work has been acquired by permanent collections including RBC, Aimia, and the Yukon Government, and belongs to private collections internationally. She now resides in Powell River, BC.