For many years I experimented with painting; 8 years ago I found myself returning full cycle to sculpture.
There are so many objects in the world. Why add more?
Yet I have come to know I am a maker and a builder.
I work from a place of curiosity, intuition, and contemplation.
Making allows me to be with the fullness of living on this planet now.
Through this process, I have access to a kind of cellular recollection/continuity.
My work is informed by a deep sense of place and a kinship with the living.
How to honor Mystery and honor Grief from loss: of habitat, and species, and cultural integrity.
In my view they are inseparable.
The mediums I use inform the process and structure of what gets made, yet do not change the intent: a synergy of vessels, totems, body, mountain, self, ritual dance.
Lindsay Iliff received her BFA in sculpture from Boston University's School of Fine Arts in 1976.
While living in NYC in the late seventies and early eighties, she attended classes at the Feminist Art Institute and there served as prop assistant to Carolee Shneemann in her performance, Swing. During this time, Iliff was deeply impressed by the performances of Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Laurie Anderson.
In 1996, Iliff moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where, in 2001, she returned to studio practice.
Since 2015, sculpture has absorbed her focus. She turned to cardboard as her medium. This material beckoned with its close-at-hand availability, its strength, fragility and impermanence.
For many years working alone in her studio was enough. It provided a unique source of connection and a visual voice. Beginning in 2015, the forms that were emerging asked to be seen. The artist was ushered into a new visibility to honor the work.
In 2015, Lindsay's paintings were included in a group show at Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. Also in 2015, two digital prints were part of the New Mexico Art League's exhibition, Biologique, in Albuquerque. Iliff's sculptures were included, in 2018, in group exhibitions at City of Mud and Keep Contemporary galleries in Santa Fe.
Lindsay's current studio practice includes both works in cardboard and in clay.