Finding Structure in Iowa

Favorites Week: Mixed Media

All this week the Daily Palette will be celebrating some of our favorite Iowa-connected artists working in mixed media.


HALLE SIEPMAN
Finding Structure in Iowa, watercolor, ink, enamel, graphite on claybord, 8" x 10", 2016

Halle Siepman earned her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa in 2015 and her BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in California in 2012.  She has received numerous awards for her work, including an Iowa Arts Council Grant and grants from the University of Iowa to pursue research in Athens, Greece.  Halle's work was recently exhibited in solo shows at Maquoketa Art Experience in Maquoketa, Iowa, the Kirkwood Art Gallery and the Legion Arts CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids, and the Levitt Gallery, the Kendall Gallery, and the University of Iowa Medical Center in Iowa City, as well as group shows in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.  Halle's art reveals her ability to work in a variety of media and her fascination with architecture.  Raised in Los Angeles, she now draws her inspiration from her travels abroad and her life in Iowa.

My 'architectural imaginations' are filled with colorful objects and parallel lines that move errantly and weave in and around architectural shapes that evoke the passage of time in the form of expansive landscapes.  I combine graphite line drawings, acrylic, and watercolors to create fictive places that have an ethereal and ephemeral quality.  I moved to Iowa in 2012 from California and considered what my life would have been like had my Iowan parents remained in Iowa instead of moving to California to raise a family.  While looking at Iowa's landscape and its broad plains, I started thinking about the passage of time and the importance of family.  It has almost been four years since I arrived in Iowa to attend graduate school and now that I have earned my MFA, I have chosen to stay here as an artist since I am inspired by its landscape.  Also, Iowa reminds me of my parents and I want to hold on to memories of them for as long as possible.  We don't know what the future may hold but we can imagine while looking at sunrises and sunsets that wonderful events await us.  These paintings are therefore reflections of my dreams.  -- Halle Siepman

Halle Siepman's website

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