Published: Feb. 15, 2017

TolandCeramic artist and CU Boulder alumna Tip Toland will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 21, as part of the university's Visiting Artist Program. The lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Visual Arts Complex (VAC).

The characters in Toland’s sculptures are fragile creatures at the end of adulthood or at the beginning of childhood: stages in life that have a certain vulnerability, isolation and innocence in common. She attempts to demonstrate the decline preceding death and the increased separation from others it brings, conveying universal truths about humanity, society and the self.

While exploring age and aging, Toland’s work attempts to give voice to inner psychological and spiritual states of being. The sculptures' expressions are unengaged and convey a sense of deep psychological detachment that is sad and enigmatic, as well as dignified.

If you go
What: Tip Toland Visiting Artist Lecture
When: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Visual Arts Complex, room 1B20

It is of primary importance to Toland the figures contain particular aspects of humanity, which they mirror back to the viewer. It’s the fragility and transient aspect of mankind she's after—one reason for choosing very old or very young subjects.

Toland received her BFA in ceramics from University of Colorado Boulder in 1975 and her MFA from Montana State University in 1981.