Luke Huling is a figurative sculptor from Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in May of 2014 and received his BFA in ceramics and a minor in metalsmithing. For two years following undergrad Luke was the long term resident at The LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln Nebraska, teaching throwing, hand building, and introductory metals classes. Currently Luke is attending Indiana University in their MFA program located in Bloomington, Indiana. He continues to use clay and metal and combines them together in mixed media sculptures.
My current body of work deals with the themes of aging and geriatric diseases;
I have always felt a connection with the elderly. When I was a child my grandmother moved into my parent’s house after developing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. I watched her change from a modest Wheel of Fortune loving grandmother to a story telling, spontaneous, swearing little old lady. She would tell me stories about her life; sneaking out of her parent’s house to go swing dancing, and her first job as a roller at a cigar factory.
Her disease was devastating, but one thing I’ve come to realize are the people who suffer with Alzheimer’s and Dementia have a new ability to open up, and most of them hold very little back. Their stories inspire my work and I create these pieces as a reminder of the people I’ve met and how they have influenced me. I want the viewer to focus on the elements that tell the story. Through traditional and experimental ceramic finishes and hand fabricated metal details I exaggerate features and expressions to capture fleeting moments of memory and convey personality.
I am communicating humanity through a moment of time by introducing my audience to a character and allowing the stories to live on.