About the Artist
Madalyn Lorning was raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Roosevelt High School. Her mother encouraged her to enroll in wheel-throwing classes at the Des Moines Art Center at the age of thirteen. Madalyn will graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2017, with a double major in Bachelors of Fine Arts-Ceramics and Art Education. The UNI experience has sharpened her skills in the ceramic- related field.
Madalyn serves as the lab monitor for the UNI Ceramic Studio and has learned the hands-on process of maintaining the facility. After graduation, she intends to obtain an MFA and teach ceramics. She currently serves as president of the Northern Iowa Potters and Sculpture Organization. She has participated in the following exhibitions: Annual Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition, UNI, 2016 and 2017; Americana, Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines, 2016; Ancient Alien Drinking Vessels, Dean’s Triangle Gallery, UNI, 2016; FAHRT; and The Berlin Exhibition, Dean’s Triangle Gallery, UNI, 2015.
“The Chrysalis exhibit displays the growth and transitions in life through abstract organic forms. These forms range from seed-like objects, soft and stretching structures, to flower-like petals, and dangerous spikes,” said Madalyn. She was excited to share the story of formulating her own deep red-brown earthenware clay body which she uses when creating 3-D pieces. “When I think of the artwork I have done at UNI, I feel that I have explored what it means to grow and change through non-representational forms. The pieces are a non-geometric balance in space with impulsive textured surfaces.”
The ceramic exhibit is currently on display through the end of April inside Rod Library on the fourth floor near the main elevators. The exhibit is sponsored by the Fine & Performing Arts Collection.