Alisa (AL) Holen is an artist and educator from Minneapolis, MN, who received an MA and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 2004. She has since taught at numerous institutions including University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Augustana College, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She recently received tenure at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville where she is now an Associate Professor.
Her ceramic work focuses on formal and metaphorical relationships, often staging forms in postures of dependency, elevation, support, aggression or comfort. Swelling volumes balance on tiny bases, evoking nuances of vulnerability and tension. Cups are precariously compressed into forms to illustrate the assailable nature of relationships. Double-walled and closed forms are thrown on the wheel leaving air inside as a movable volume that allows strong alterations.