Ali Hval graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2015 with a BFA in Studio Arts, Honors, and Summa Cum Laude. In Spring of 2015, the Center of Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, North Carolina chose her as Windgate Fellow and she received the Windgate Fellowship. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing.
My work is retracing thoughts I’ve already had to make sure I’ve thought them correctly. It is making unnecessary lists and crossing things off my unnecessary list. It is a constant drone, a white noise machine on high volume.
My work is the result of a process that emphasizes accumulation and excess, pushing a single idea to its furthest. The objects themselves are always begging for attention, always demanding more, always fighting to be beyond what they are. They reach past their natural boundaries while still retaining their initial form. The thing must live with what it has become, but can manipulate itself into something else as long as it realizes its own limits.
Flexibility is important in my work, whether that be through the actual flexibility of the material, the way it is arranged in various spaces, or how it is placed in relationship to other objects. The objects must be able to stand on their own while still alluding to the actions performed within it, whether those actions be performative or a history of how the object was made.