Ali Hval graduated Summa Cum Laude and Honors from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2015 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. In Spring of 2015, the Center of Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, North Carolina chose her as one of ten yearly recipients of the Windgate Fellowship. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing with a minor concentration in ceramics.
Process | Work
Unearthing source material from the stuff and relationships which flood my everyday experiences, I embellish rounded ceramic forms and chunky ropes to play with the value and presence of an object. The objects I make frolic in and out of fast fashion, sensuality, and plastic glitz, reaching toward certain specificities but holding back when pinned, like all-too weighty jewelry on limbs, against whimsically painted walls.
The macramé and ceramic “nubs” as well as the flashy, relief-like ceramic wall plates that are an unconventional marriage between wall sconces, tacky thrift store frames, and ornamental shields, all dance with illusory qualities in their painstaking construction. These tapering forms, which are dipped in metallic pigments and crushed eyeshadow, faceted with rhinestones, and possess carefully placed features, seek to balance themselves with painted spaces that are more playful and open. Flirtatious, attention-seeking, and seemingly superficial, they toy with the concreteness of what they are and the choice of what more they could become.