Bleeds Like Velvet

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Ceramic, flocking, and pom poms


18” x 14” x 2 ½”


This piece is an asymmetrical ceramic piece which was dotted with hundreds of red pom-poms after being fired; these pom-poms act as a covering to make it appear more symmetrical, commenting on how filters on Snapchat, Instagram, or other forms of social media act as mediums to alter or smooth a face or body. I am currently interested in the contrast that exists between the incredible proliferation of body positivity and diversity which both individuals and brands use on social media, and the influx of filters that “autocorrect” and blur our features into something more homogeneous.

About this Artist

Ali Hval

Ali Hval

Ali Hval currently lives and works in Iowa City. In 2019, she received her MFA with Honors at the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing with a minor concentration in Ceramics. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining painting, fabric, ceramic, sculpture, and installation. She is a 2020 resident at the Chautauqua School of Art in Chautauqua, New York.  In 2015, she was chosen as one of ten recipients for the nationally competitive $15,000 Windgate Fellowship by the Center of Creativity, Craft, and Design in Asheville, North Carolina. Ali graduated summa cum laude with Honors from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She has had work in multiple exhibitions across the country, including Site: Brooklyn in New York, South Bay Contemporary in Los Angeles, and the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College curated by Kate Mothes.  An avid muralist, she has completed…
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