Encompassing over 425 square feet (111” x 46”), Vantage Point is a completely hand-stitched modular installation that uses found embroidery as well as Hiltner’s own. Its materials and construction evoke discussion of the value of women’s domestic labor and the capacity of an artist’s hand. Its size and content drive it out of the home and into the world of contemporary art and political discourse. A first glance will see an idealized landscape with blue sky, green grass, and puffy white clouds. Closer inspection will reveal a myriad of manmade and natural disasters in locations across the globe. Terms picked up from news stories and research are a ticker above and below informing the scenes. The world Hiltner has made is still beautiful, but the impact of human consumption and waste is everywhere.
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner (she/her/hers) is a full-time studio artist and activist living in Red Lodge, Montana. She has a BFA from Syracuse University and was a Studio Assistant in Fibers at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She serves as a Montana/Idaho Regional Representative for SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). Hiltner’s stitched work has been in various group and solo shows across the country and internationally, and has been featured in publications such as FiberArts, Fiber Art Now, Surface Design Journal, American Craft, Interview, embroidery (UK), and The New York Times. In 2015, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/Montana Arts Council Artist’s Innovation Award. More of her work can be seen at www.maggyrhiltner.com.