LYDIA TJIOE HALL

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BIO

I am interested in creating meaning and narrative through form and materials with my sculpture. The materials I use are an intrinsic part of my art making process. I explore resonances between metal and fiber which become metaphors evoking themes of time, change, balance, tension, breath and decay. The sculptural objects are created over a period through repetitive and time intensive processes such as felting, sewing, weaving, netting and fabricating steel and copper structures.

The resulting forms are contemplative sounding boards that echo my impressions and experiences.

I received my art degree with an emphasis on ceramic sculpture from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1998. Following my experience at UCSC, I worked for a Bay Area artist/potter as a slip-caster and mold-maker. During this time I became interested in mold making and metal sculpture. I attended Cabrillo Community College, where I had the opportunity to work with metal on both a large and small scale. I was fortunate to have Dawn Nakanishi as my teacher and mentor, who encouraged me to attend metal conferences and apply to graduate school. In Spring 2011, I received my MFA from California State University, Long Beach, where I studied under Susanna Speirs in metals and Carol Shaw-Sutton in fibers. After graduating I taught both Beginning Metals and Fiber Sculpture at CSULB. In 2013 my daughter was born and in 2015 my son was born. I now work on my sculpture from my studio at home whenever I have a moment to do so. Although the scale of my work has changed over the years due to space and time constraints, the root of my process holds true, and with it I am always keen to break through new boundaries and try new things.

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