As long as I can remember, I have always been marked by the diversity of faces: The differences that make us uniquely human, but also those that inhabit our own identities.
The face is the world’s first witness to our existence, it reveals as much as it conceals. It tells a story from which everyone can have their own interpretation. It is an inexhaustible subject.
I do not claim to capture the essence of a person through a portrait but I aspire to materialize the representation of a moment, being aware that it can only be an arbitrary and ephemeral interpretation.
The resemblance of the subject is essential but it is not enough, I attach as much importance to transcribe my perception. I experiment evoking the intangible, conveying the energy that emerges from a moment. It’s a never-ending quest.
The superposition of layers of glaze and impasto echoes human nature and the different masks we wear.
Behind a feigned unity of complexion, an oil portrait reveals a whole play of colors and transparencies, like the skin and lets glimpse the complexity of a face, the layers which characterize it or should I rather say “which characterize it in our eyes”.
I am influenced by everyday gestures and situations, current events and politics. My practice allows me to communicate on what moves me.
It is about exploring simple things that we all experience, but which, when we take the time to observe them, take on an aesthetic that challenges; or to tackle social issues such as social inequalities or intangible heritage.
Each subject is tinged with an energy of its own, on top of that my own filters play their part.
What matters to me is how best to transcribe the veracity of the moment experienced in the presence of my subject.
Self-taught figurative painter, Tania Hillion is interested in the place occupied by the image of memory. The memory we want to leave or the memory we have of others and situations that strike us.
As a child, she had the opportunity to grow in different cultures from her own. It was during these trips that she developed a fascination for the face and its multiple expressions that allow her to create bonds in a universal way.
From an early age, she shows a strong interest for visual arts.
In 1997, while living in Florida, thanks to the artistic community of West Palm Beach, she experimented for a few months with oil painting. She will be invited to present 5 of her works at an underground exhibition just before she returns to Paris.
In 2009 photography has become her playground. People are essentially her focal point. Sometimes taken from life, sometimes staged. She explores the role of composition and learns to use light.
The years go by with the growing desire to infuse more creation and a more direct relationship with matter in his daily life. In 2016, therefore, she made the choice to reorient her career and obtained a diploma in patternmaker at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. From then, her days are now driven by simultaneous work on form and body.
It was only in 2019, one year after joining Quebec, interacting with the artistic community of this new environment that she reconnected with painting and actively resume the practice of drawing and oil.
This marks a new step on her journey.
In line with her past aspirations, it is natural that she now makes portraits and the human figure her main subjects.
Involved in her community, she is invited in 2019 to join the Board of Directors of the Biennale de Sculpture de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli.