My work leads one to the place between their mind and their screen, between space and time, between thought and feeling, and into the everyday sublime. I create spaces in-screen and in-real-life that mix the surreal, cinematic, and commonplace through 3D animation and installation. Looping slowly yet infinitely, these spaces allow one to look through the mirror of the screen and enter a meditative headspace beyond as well as within. The post-internet culture of distraction leads our minds to occupy themselves in any way except internally - my work utilizes these same experiential stimuli to awaken interiority in a suspended metaphysical twilight zone.
Lucia Riffel was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and grew up on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Minnesota Morris graduating with high honors in 2015. Riffel went on to complete the Florida State University Master of Fine Arts program located in Tallahassee, Florida, graduating in 2018. Riffel has exhibited work and attended residencies nationally and internationally. She currently works across 3D animation and installation in her interdisciplinary practice to navigate the space between physical, psychological, and digital realms.
This year, Riffel was an artist in residence at Laboratory Residency in Spokane, WA, installed collaborative exhibition Outer Special with light artist Lily Reeves at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY, and showed new video work across downtown Atlanta through Dashboard x Mint Gallery's group exhibition In Light. Riffel has also been included in online exhibitions throughout 2020 such as Everything is Different Now (Stayhome Gallery) and Keep for Old Memoirs (Young Space curated by Celine Mo).