Carrie Hilgert is an artist. Sometimes she employs paint and ink, sometimes a camera, and sometimes words. Carrie started drawing in the third grade and was the kid that noticed everything: people’s quirky habits, bits of energy floating through a shaft of light, the undercurrent of emotion in a room. She has always felt things very deeply, and that fuels her work – and her outlook on the world.
Carrie believes in everyday magic and in sharing raw emotion to make connections that matter. In her 20s, depression and bipolar disorder kept her from painting for nearly ten years. During that time, she used her camera as therapy, documenting her depression through self-portraiture. Some of these photos appeared in two exhibits in New York City dedicated to ending the stigma of mental illness. One of the photos was also featured in a related article in the New York Times.
In the spring of 2014, Carrie began painting again after an experience she describes as “a supernova explosion in my brain that I’m still not sure is real.” Since then, she has used acrylic and a combination of watercolor and ink to put what she sees on paper.
“I believe there is magic to be found in the simplest of things, but the spark I find in people, particularly women, is what drives me,” she says. “My life is about diversity, taking risks, connection, and living wholeheartedly.”
Carrie lives in Northeast Kansas with her Austrian husband, four kids, two cats, and a dog that looks like a hyena. You can find her work for sale and read her thoughts on carriehilgert.com.
Carrie’s work will be up through August 26th, 2015.