Greenville artist, Glory Day Loflin, is a lover of projects and prompts, using her surroundings and experiences to generate work in a variety of mediums. Known and loved for splashes of color and unique patterning, Glory brings an infectious energy to her work that mirrors her personality. In her latest body of work, Glory has utilized her curious mind and thoughtful process to create a dynamic dialogue of paintings, collages, and sculptures. We are thrilled to present “RHYMES WITH ORANGE”, an exploration of visual rhymes and riffs on the human vessel.
We visited Glory in her studio to give you a peek into her process and thoughts behind “RHYMES WITH ORANGE”…
“What I’ve been really into is not so much the idea of any sort of literary rhyming with orange, but the idea of the visual rhyme. In this way, a small piece of wood that has a loose curvature to it can suddenly go from a random shape to a lemon or a citrus, the corner of a pot, or the edge of the sun over a hilltop. It’s not so much a language based rhyme but the idea of context and circumstance informing a shape as to what it is. All of the shapes in the paintings are like that. They come from a place that’s more abstracted and they find their form inside these little shelves. I think independent portions of them are heavily abstracted and I enjoy the language between those two - simplifying so much to just its essence, its lemon vest as it were.”
“The show is intentionally very edited to be about vessels. I'm particularly interested in the human vessel and the language around ceramics as it is applicable to the human form - the neck of the pot, the foot of the bowl, the shoulders of the pot, the lip of the vase. A lot of things that inform my interests are actually very figurative. Even my interest in citrus and these sort of counter top items is the relationship between the curvilinear and rectilinear - the roundness of the orange and the sharpness of the tips of leaves. It is about a tangible experience even though the paintings are flat. I think being able to dig into actual texture with the wooden sculptures, and simultaneously sanding down my paintings, I’m treating both 2D and 3D work in a similar way. That’s allowing me to learn a lot about my own process and about the world around me, which I think is really fun. I think the newest body of work has a lot of leaps and bounds for me. In the same way that I'm interested in letter forms and writing poems and songs, each of the forms that I choose is constructed to organize my own little music sheet. I like to orchestrate these little objects together in a way that can be read, but in a way that also allows them to have their independence and be their own people. I’m super excited about the body of work. I think its some of the most distilled in terms of the relationship between paper, painting, collage and sculpture and the way that aspects of each of those are interchangeable and inform one another.” -Glory Day Loflin