Lauren E. Hills

individual, ENTITY.3049
Life Dates:
b. 1989
GVSU Alumni Status:
GVSU Alum, 2011
Artist Biography:
Artist Statement: "You're plastered against a sheer face, a hundred feet up, the rock cold beneath your fingers. Your whole body is supported by the toes of your shoes, and you're more than a few feet above the last bolt you clipped into. Unless you connect with the next hold, you'll fall twenty feet before the belayer's braking does you any good. You have two choices: take that twenty foot whipper, or focus so intently you have to stick the move. As a climber, the emotions and thought processes make sense to me. The average person however, is likely to have little understanding. You probably think climbing is dangerous. The idea of a hundred feet between you and the ground probably terrifies you. For a climber, though, it's different. There is fear, but there is also a unique focus absolutely essential to it. To a climber, climbing is beautiful. It's difficult to represent these aspects, even in an entire body of work. My images are merely an attempt at capturing something the viewer is unlikely to otherwise experience." -Lauren Hills