Behind the Mask: Valencia Exhibits Animal Sculptures by Tallahassee Artist

Orlando, FL – “Crossing Over,” a selection of animal sculptures made from antique quilts and adorned with beading, paint and costume jewelry, will be on display at Valencia College’s Anita S. Wooten Gallery starting on Jan. 17 and running through March 7.

The soft sculptures, created by Tallahassee artist Linda Hall, represent husks of once-magnificent animals and continue Hall’s artistic exploration of the connection between the animal and human world.

Using taxidermy forms as models, Hall has created hollow shells of animals into what she calls “containers” for the animal’s spirit. She then uses quilts, embroidery and beads and sequins to embody the animal’s spirit.

Hall, who studied art at Florida State University and at the University of North Carolina, is an adjunct art professor at FSU and lives in Tallahassee. The artist employs a wide variety of materials and methods to create the soft sculptures, including quilts and  papier-mache.

“My main focus is the connection that we as humans have with the natural world,” says Hall. “I explore the delicate bond and the disconnect we have with wilderness within ourselves and the earth.”

To unveil Hall’s exhibit, Valencia will host an opening reception on Jan. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The artist will present a lecture on her work at 7:30 p.m.

The Anita S. Wooten Gallery is located in Building 3 on Valencia’s East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Admission to the gallery is free.

For more information, please call 407-582-2268 or 407-582-2298.