I am drawn to elemental geometries--the circle, the triangle, the square. This sculptural body of work began with the question of how to extend the form of the equilateral tetrahedron or triangular pyramid through duplication, using cardboard as my medium. The process of extension became one of drawing in space: elongating or growing the form in a linear, incremental way. What developed, inherent in this process, was the spiral form. The archetype of the spiral is everywhere evident in our living world. It is both metaphor and visual mantra.
I move between formal and structural considerations to those of the body: climbing, turning, stretching, twisting. There is a rhythm specific to each piece created by variations in coiling and the relationship of tension and flow. The latest inclusions of color enhance the vitality and spatial ambiguity of this work, whose markings speak of its process of becoming.
Lindsay Iliff’s sculpture is informed by drawing, movement as ritual, and concepts of building and becoming. The work references a history of essential forms both archaic and symbolic; it invites an intimate conversation acknowledging the body: the body that stands and moves in space; the body felt as vessel--a porous, breathing container. The work merges geometric and organic duplication or growth, paying homage to our kinship with the living world.
Born in Orange NJ, Lindsay attended Boston University, receiving a BFA in sculpture in 1976. She has worked in most sculptural mediums as well as painting. While living in NYC, Lindsay worked as a prop assistant to Carolee Schneemann in her performance of Swing at the Feminist Art Institute. Lindsay's work was recently shown at NM Highlands University and in Albuquerque at the NM Art League’s exhibition, Biologique. Iliff has lived and worked in Santa Fe NM since 1997.