ARICAHILTON (Turkish-American 1958- )
“If you are a poet you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating on this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. If we look even more deeply, we can see the sunshine, the logger who cut the tree, the wheat that became his bread, and the logger’s father and mother. Without all these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist. In fact, we cannot point to one thing that is not here–time, space, the earth, the rain, the minerals in the soil, the sunshine, the cloud, the river, the heat, the mind. Everything co-exists with this sheet of paper. So we can say the cloud and the paper “inter-are.” We cannot just be by ourselves alone; we have to inter-be with every other thing.”
–From “The Heart of Understanding”by Thich Nhat Hanh
Çolpan Hatun Arica Hilton was born on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. As a young girl, she studied architecture and design and has worked as an art dealer, interior designer, poet and artist since 1985. Whether it is visual art through paintings or the poetic expressions of language and music, every aspect of Arica’s life is geared towards one form of art melding into another.
Her work is an ongoing exploration into quantum theory in a visual attempt to show the interconnectedness between human beings and the universe of stars, planets, solar systems and life on earth.
"As an artist my interest lies in the expression of light and shadow, in the infinite and inexhaustible combinations of a visually aesthetic and spiritual language that transcends worlds. Specifically, I explore free organic forms through the layering and sensual deployment of color, as well as to bring pleasure to the eye by evoking the rich spectral underpinnings of the simplicity and richness of the earth and its universal counterparts.
There is no set agenda for these ideas, as they are born of the immediate response of each brushstroke to another, catching the pure moment of expressionistic mixtures in harmony. The subjects evolve, transforming continuously in their meaning and complexity as the raw emotional presence that such techniques may evoke in the merging of hand, paint, eye and words. Thus, like the tonal qualities in music, my poetry and paintings attempt to touch something universally significant in all human beings, that meditative state of seeking their own light in the reflections and elements of nature and the universe.
Chronicling the infinite forms of LIFE in an unlimited universe, from the birth of a star, to the sunrises and sunsets visible to the human eye, to the more tangible aspects of life on earth such as fire and water, my latest series, BODY & SOUL explores the connection between the corporeal and the non-corporeal, the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life as it relates to the vastness of the universe. In the end, I hope to achieve a timelessness and depth to my works that embody the emotions and dreams of the human soul."
Hilton lives and works in Chicago. Until recently, she was the president of the board of the Poetry Center of Chicago and was voted one of the LIT 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2011 by New City. Her works have been seen in Fine Art Magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Huffington Post, ASTRONOMY Magazine, ART WORLD NEWS and THE EXAMINER, CHICAGO TRIBUNE