Alia Pialtos

digital art, fine craft, mixed media, photography, sculpture

My interest in human connection has led me to create works that present alternative ways of seeing our personal relationships. Beginning with a physiological process or psychological scenario, each piece aims to reimagine the way we understand our intangible attachments to others. The use of materials such as clay, thread, hair, and glass act as physical extensions of the body, amplifying the autonomic or emotional reactions we experience while engaging with those we feel closest to. The physical qualities of these sculptural materials are essential as they allow us to visualize that which typically cannot be seen. In addition to sculptural pieces, the works are often presented through photography or video installation — formats that have an equal capacity for portraying truth and fiction. In this way, the work exists between reality and fantasy, leaving space for viewers to examine our connections to one another and imagine what they could become.