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
Fashion production brings to mind illusion and production, illusion in that fashion objects are a result of the manipulation and joining of raw materials in order to raise their value to something greater than their initial worth alone, and production in that a successful fashion object will be recycled into similar styles until a fad has run its course. The way we dress ourselves and alter our appearance can simultaneously free and limit us; we are open to make ourselves up any way we wish, but simultaneously what we wear (and what we are able to afford) pigeonholes us into a category or type which limits our intended expression. Through a process which emphasizes making through accumulation and excess, I am interested in how embellishment and the repetition of craft-related tasks alters the perceived value or appearance of an object. Using low craft materials such as macramé, cording, and rhinestones, as well as techniques drawn from or related to traditional crafting, the objects I make progress through a meticulous process which nods at fashion production, resulting in things which exist in a space wedged between fashion, art, and craft.
I create objects which recognize how they are embellished and are aware of the limits of their physical appearance.