Hilary Graves

Untitled (2009)

10 x 7 1/2 inches, Cut paper on paper

Price: $75

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A stage or platform is where something can arrive. Waiting. Where a series of movements can happen. A complete structure, disassembled, then manufactured anew. (Repeat).

A detective novel begins with two murders. This could mean two of anything (action, event, work)—the latter only existing because of the former.

One has to happen for the story/work to start and unfold. To progress. Two objects depending on one another to be seen.

The voice of god dying. An estranged family member. Any relationship or object that becomes extinct.

The redirection of something that strikes the surface: light, sound, heat, and usually back toward its point of origin.


For Poe, it is the body segmented, represented in an unnatural way: the beating heart. “The Tell Tale Heart”, the man with milky eyes, artificially sustained and lifeless.

Artist Bio

Hilary Graves was born in Dallas Texas in 1981. Currently she lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design in 2004 and her MFA from California Institute of Art in 2006. Her sculpture, installations, and drawings are influenced by all forms of fiction and real life.