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 creates connections between viewer, space, and object, eliminating the barrier between object and viewer. Interaction with the object provides the viewer with a secondary level of intimate experience. I use fabric as a method of painting and sculpting. Mark making is established through cutting, sewing, painting, and other such manipulation of fabric. Modifying fabric in this way is visually and conceptually similar to building up and altering paint on a canvas, just as sewing forms and having them occupy a physical space is akin to sculpting a form. Flexibility is important in my work, not just in the way it is presented, but the way it is viewed; my pieces set up recognizable sequences and patterns that seem recognizable to the viewer but are not known.