Hilary K. is the operative name of artist Hilary Yarbrough.
If she had a mission statement, it would look something like this:
I can’t say that I so much hope to achieve with what I create as I hope to understand and answer the “Why?” that presents itself to me so regularly. The Why makes me question what a body’s posture would look like if it was grieving, or confused, or hungry. It makes me contemplate what a person would be thinking in the milliseconds preceding a life-altering choice–and then in what shape her hand would be while that thought flashed. Why has me enamored with movement, and aggression, and fear, and elation, and shape. It gives me a reason to find humor in dark circumstances, and relief when there is otherwise none. You can look at a piece of illustration and easily see “How,” but “Why” explains how it came to be so, and the decisions it took to get there. If you get that, then you’ll understand that that’s the point where I come in, and take a mental photograph, and make my hands tell the rest of the story. Most of the time, they do alright.
I named the site, and by extension, myself, “Anti Illustrator,” but I’m not actually anti-anything. The anti- stands for my desire to be unlimited by any one genre or medium. I am interested in many things outside of the art world. Also, I have a thing for alliteration.
To adequately sum up my ethic, I submit a quote from a man who doesn’t yet–and may never–know he is my lifelong mentor, composer Jon Brion:
“I taught my hands to follow whatever was coming into my head—and wherever my consciousness would go, I had to push my hands to follow. And at some level, you just had to abandon any concern about how you’d look.”
I hope you enjoy your time here.