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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

Aldwyth

2015 Artist Award


Aldwyth
Photo by Jerry Siegel
Now approaching 80, Aldwyth lives and works in an octagonal house at the edge of a salt marsh on Hilton Head Island, where she creates astonishingly complex collages and assemblages. The artist utilizes the history of art, ideas and technology as both catalyst and source material for her often epic-scaled works.

 

She has participated in residencies at some of the most selective artist communities in the United States, including Anderson Ranch, Cassilhaus, Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Kohler Art Center. The Oxford American listed her as one the Superstars of Southern Art in 2012.

 

Her work has been in numerous exhibitions, including the Halsey Institute's 2009 exhibition, Aldwyth: Collage and Assemblage 1991-2009 and the 2011 and 2013 South Carolina Biennials, which recognized the best artists working in the state today. Her work Document is in the State Art Collection and was selected for the 2010 Contemporary Conversations exhibition.

 

Aldwyth’s work is in several notable public collections including Telfair Museums, Savannah, Ga.; Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, N.C.; College of Charleston Foundation Collection; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler Company; and the South Carolina Arts Commission's State Art Collection.

 

“Aldwyth is an artist of restless energy and an uncommon insight into the human condition. She has chosen not to participate in the commercial aspects of the art world which has served to marginalize her in many ways. Therefore, her path has been an uncommon one, and one of arduous struggle. I can think of no other artist more deserving of this prestigious award.” – Mark Sloan, director and chief curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, S.C.

 

Photo by Jerry Siegel