Halle Siepman – Parthenon Sculpture Drawing Exhibit
Sunday, January 31, 2016 – Sunday, February 28, 2016
Meet the Artist | Sunday, February 7, 2016, 1pm – 3pm
About the Artist
Born and raised in Los Angeles, artist Halle Siepman moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her passion for painting as a teenager. Her education includes a BFA degree in Painting and a BA in Spanish from Sonoma State University, and more recently, an MA and MFA in Painting with a minor in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. Between degrees, Siepman traveled throughout the world in search of artistic and architectural inspiration; she eventually landed in the broad plains of Iowa where her parents were born and raised. She is the recipient of the Iowa Arts Council Art Project Grant 2015, Mildred Pelzer Lynch.
Fellowship 2014, Stanley International Research Award 2014, Executive Council of Graduate Professional Students CGPS Grant 2014, 1st place winner in the Creative Works Category at the James F. Jakobsen 2015 Annual Conference, IDEA Peer-to-Peer Award at the Marion Arts Festival 2013, and the California State University Summer Arts Program Chancellor’s Award in Painting 2011. She was selected along with another Iowa City artist to exhibit three paintings at the Formal Office of the Lieutenant Governor in the State Capitol of Iowa in Des Moines for six months scheduled for January 1st, 2016 funded by the Iowa Arts Council. Her exhibit at Maquoketa Art Experience marks her 7th solo exhibit and 7th group exhibit in the last 12 months.
A Word from Halle
Inspired by the precision of linear perspective as a mental construct, I explore the history of architectural thinking, from ancient sites in Greece to the pioneer Le Corbusier and the asymmetrical postmodern architecture of Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava, and Zaha Hadid. My artwork embodies experiencing architectural space first-hand. Recently, I stood inside the Parthenon, ascended a medieval staircase, and was situated on the level that surmounts the columns, in the open air of Athens. It is this type of unique experience that I want to share with the viewer and to allow the viewer to navigate aimlessly until it evokes a personal memory. My architectural imaginations are therefore not only about architecture but also about the viewer’s perception and memory of that space and mass created as one experiences it.
It is important to me to examine the conflict between passively living in architectural space and actively forging my own space. In my early childhood, I questioned my physical surroundings and started drafting ideal architectural homes in vast, open spaces to “depart” from the experiences of growing up with seven siblings in tight quarters with little privacy. Drawing lines helped me define my role within an otherwise challenging realm. I am an artist using geometric forms to manipulate a fictive painted space; creating artwork is my way of forging my own space. By extension, I call on the viewer to reimagine his or her world by examining architectural and geometric potential in the environment.