Ann Hillesland

Ann Hillesland is a visual artist who works in the mediums of photography and painting. Demonstrating the fundamental philosophy that art can be accessible and inclusive, by using minimal tools, the artist’s mind becomes the primary instrument.

Her photos directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. Her photos are based on inspiring situations: visions that reflect a sensation of novelty and wonder, combined with subtle details of odd or eccentric, humoristic elements. 

Several reoccurring themes can be recognized, such as popular culture and media, introspection, reframing the natural environment, and seeking beauty in the mundane. 

With the use of subjects borrowed from a day-to-day context, she seeks to elicit the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that capture moments of curiosity and perspective. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different contexts are created. Ann Hillesland currently lives and works in Rochester.