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. Following undergraduate, Riffel received a full-tuition scholarship to the Florida State University Master of Fine Arts program located in Tallahassee, Florida. Within her last three years in Tallahassee she has exhibited work across the Southeast as well as played a key role in the founding and management of contemporary art space SOUP experimental. Riffel works across many mediums in her interdisciplinary practice, but currently utilizes installation, digital animation, and miniature to navigate the space between physical, psychological, and digital realms.
My work wavers between physical, digital, and psychological realities. Through animations and installations, I distort perceptions of space, scale, and consciousness to speak to the smallness of our physical inhabitance in the universe. The paradoxical existence of psychological and digital spaces - spaces known, experienced, and felt, but not seen - drive my work. Working in the physically intangible realm of digital animation as well as the extremely physical and visceral medium of installation has driven me to explore the sensation of the visible and invisible spaces that lie within and around us. Miniature environments and digitally fabricated faux-realities comingle in physical space to draw one from their body into the grandeur of spaces immaterial.