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Artist ID: 2292

I am a multi-media sculptor, drawing inspiration from the body, sensuality, and awareness. In all facets of my professional practice—from large scale public sculptures to intimate gallery work—I value the power art has to engage community and guide thought, dialogue and action. My process is based in metal casting and fabrication, as I am drawn to the compelling and complex history inherent in these practices. From this more traditional groundwork, I incorporate elements such as rubber, fabric, and hair. The combination of these diverse materials creates a dynamic conversation within each sculpture—the soft elevates the hard, the warm amplifies the cold, the familiar highlights the strange. Along with the choice of form and material, my own body’s involvement in the creation of each piece serves to further implicate the figure. Through the intimate tedium of creation, along with active bodily involvement in the form of life-cast elements, touch-patination, and the incorporation of my own hair, clothes, etc., my presence becomes deeply tied to my work. This further serves the connective network I aim to achieve, as each sculpture becomes an intermediary between myself and my audience, confronting the question of presence versus absence.
My place as a female operating within largely male-coded fields, along with my struggle to reconcile with trauma from male partners, has significantly shaped my current body of work. I use this lens as a means to ground myself within a larger context, looking to the practices and philosophies of artists such as Eva Hesse, Janine Antoni, Yasue Maetake, and other women who have played tremendous roles in the history of sculpture. Driven by an exploration of femininity and its related myths, phobias, and taboos, my work stands to challenge the viewer by walking the line between attraction and repulsion. The visceral materiality mimics the body in a way that is simultaneously fascinating, off-putting, and obscure, asking the viewer to look inward in order to reconcile with the experience. Thus, these layered and dynamic forms become metaphorical, contemplative spaces, inviting the viewer to engage in their narratives of fear, vulnerability and strength while providing a lens through which to analyze one’s self and surroundings.

Ringo Lisko is a multimedia sculptor based in Tuscaloosa, AL. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and drawing from the University of Alabama in 2020. She currently works with the UA Art Department as a foundry specialist, creating commissioned sculptures for artists and entities across the state of Alabama. She has created several of her own public sculptures for the city of Tuscaloosa, through funding from the Arts Council, PARA, and the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. Along with her work in public arts, she maintains her own practice, working with a diverse array of materials to explore issues surrounding feminism, psychological phenomena, and the body.

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