Interview with Vandy Hall, Part 1

This is the first in a three-part interview with multimedia artist Vandy Hall. The entire interview can be found throughout the month of March in the Featured Artist link to the right

Vandy Hall’s work is a delightful mix of elements. With subject matter ranging from the whimsical to the sublime and media including masterful glass work, painting, construction, fiber art and often combinations of all of the above, and all reflecting the positive energy that one feels upon encountering her in person. The other day I spent a good bit of quality time with my face about five inches from a wall full of her art, just taking in the subtleties of texture, detail and color. That face had a big smile on it too.

 

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

 

 

How would you describe your work in general?

 

My work tends to be all over the place in terms of media and techniques, but it has common elements which hold it together stylistically and thematically. My aesthetics have an organic and playful feel, and have definitely been influenced by sci-fi, fantasy, and historical art. A lot of people look at the little creatures and shapes I create and think they look a bit creepy but fun, and they are reminded of movies like Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal, which I definitely watched when I was young, but I’m not consciously drawing on these. I also have a degree in Art History, with a focus on medieval art, so bits of that source material comes out in various aspects of my work. I also have an entire line of glass I do in a medieval style.

 

 

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

 

 

Any favorite projects that you’ve worked on?

 

I am really enjoying the multi-media illuminated sculptures I’m working on. They are make out of glass and epoxy resins over an armature, and use LED’s to illuminate the glass. It’s a lot of fun to combine some simple science and art like that, to make a shiny piece of sculpture.

 

 

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Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

 

 

I think one of my favorite elements in your work is the utilization of animal elements, I love the bird skulls and the beetles especially. Can you talk a little bit about some of your inspirations there?

 

I love the outdoors. I grew up as an only child on a farm, and animals were some of my best friends and companions. Where I feel most at home is in the outdoors. Finding ways to combine shapes that reference animals and plants, with more man made elements is a great way of combing our worlds. My glass bird skulls stem from a class I took from glass sculptor Karen Willenbrink-Johnson, who started out as part of the William Morris team. We learned to do bird skulls as part of her class, and I’ve continued expanding on them. The have an innate appeal, one of the reasons you’ll see animal skulls in drawing studios all over the world. The beetles… well, stag beetles are just cool. I have a vivid memory of a stag beetle coming to rest on the floor of my house before the walls were erected, just at twilight. There was something magical about that moment. Stag beetles are this large, generally benign, yet visually interesting insect, and they are found all over the world. I think this is why they appeal to me so much.

 

 

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

Copyright © Vandy Hall, Artist

 

 

Vandy Hall’s work can be found at:

www.vandyhall.com

www.facebook.com/vandyhallart

www.etsy.com/shop/vandycraft