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Off The Deep End

Off The Deep End

Layl McDill


Off The Deep End
Layl McDill 

Found Object & Polymer Clay

Artist Statement - Off The Deep End

I was a swimmer in high school and then stopped for many years (30!) but now thanks to Covid I am back in the pool and it's' like I never left! When I saw the call for this show I was very excited to create a piece about swimming. I have been doing a series of teapot sculptures for about 7 years now so this format seemed like a great way to express the feeling being in the pool while using the iconic teapot format. The teapot I found was round and plump which divided into three lanes of my "teapot pool" quite nicely. The swimmers are all drawn from images online and then transferred to clay. Every time I went swimming while I was creating this piece I thought about it while I swam and one day towards the end of finishing it I realized what it needed on the lid- the racing flags!

Now when I look at this piece it brings me back to the excitement of being on a swim team and being in a pool full of swimmers of all ages and abilities. I also loved the way the divers on top have such energy and remind me of the days when I used to race. Now I just race myself but I find the energy I get after being in the water for an hour can't be compared by anything else!

Artist Biography - Layl McDill

Layl McDill grew up in Gillette, Wyoming where she began creating at a very young age. Her early works were dollhouses, marionettes and even an entire “Smurf Village”. Layl received her BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art Design but she found it more exciting to make sculptural work and sell it through galleries and art fairs. She has exhibited her work around the country since 1994. Polymer clay has been her medium of choice using the millefiori technique and some mixed media materials added. The theme of wonder permeates her sculptures that are covered with endless details. Her work can also be found in numerous books and publications. Selected awards include 2nd Place Overall at Arts North International 2021, Best in “Blue” at “Primary” Banfill Locke Center for the Arts 2021, Best in Sculpture,​ ​Edwardsville Arts Fair2018 and 2019, Second place overall, “3rd Annual Conroe Art League Nat. Invitational Show” 2018, First Place 3-D'Essentials Show 2016, “Wendy Alderman” Award Mt. Dora Art Fair 2016, People’s Choice Award “Tiny Worlds'', New Bohemian Gallery Brainerd MN 2014, "Best in Show" at the Banfill Locke Center for the Arts Member show 2013, "Best in Sculpture" at Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts in 2013, 2017, 2019 and award winner at the 2012 Redwing Art Fair.

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