Willard Hill was born on July 29, 1934 in Manchester, TN. He was the third child of eight raised in a strict Baptist home in a segregated part of town. Willard’s mother died at the age of 35 when he was a just a child and his father who lived across the street packed up and left one week later, abandoning his children and never returning.
Willard started cooking in restaurants at the age of 17 and continued to do so in his hometown for 63 years. He has 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Twenty years ago Willard was hospitalized with a hernia and giving full credit to God, started making sculptures out of masking tape. Willard doesn’t throw away anything because everything can and will be used as a structural foundation for his intricate sculptures. He’s used coat hangers, plastic bags, toothpicks, plastic bottles, foil, cotton balls and snippets of his wife’s wig. “I make art just to make.”
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