Village artist depicts human connection using large figures

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Glory Day Loflin offers her art viewers an inside look into her mind. Photo by Will Crooks.

If you’ve been to The Village Grind in West Greenville, you’ve seen her work. Artist Glory Day Loflin painted the big leafy mural beside the counter.

“More so than a painter, I want to be a multidisciplinary artist,” Loflin says. “I think the biggest gift I could give to my community is basically bringing in the language of sound art, and performance art, and an art that is maybe a little more challenging.”

Attending The Cooper Union in New York, Loflin studied art, architecture, and engineering.

Recently, her work has transitioned to include the human figure. “The figure has always been present in my drawings and my sketchbooks,” she says, “but recently, I’ve gone through this big change of reintroducing the figure back into my work.”

In her Pendleton Street studio, you’ll find a wall with very large silhouettes of people. “I think that with my current figurative work, it’s more thinking about those longer histories and mythologies,” Loflin says. 

Much of her previous art focused on mundane, day-to-day experiences such as vessels around the house.

“I’m transitioning from the places where the experiences happen and the objects that they occur with over to observing figures in whatever they’re doing,” she explains.

Whether it’s a sculpture, drawing, painting, poem, or song, Loflin’s work intertwines. “I find that in order to make anything, I need to be doing a lot of things,” she says.

While working for several other local artists in addition to running her own business, Loflin says her relationships are most important in her life. 

“I’m hoping that my work is starting to reflect that more — that the connection between and among people is actually the most valuable thing there is.”

For Loflin, art is the glue connecting her many interests. “To me, there’s a real beauty about artwork and the fact that it crosses over language barriers, among other things,” she says.

Loflin says she examines and processes the world through multisensory learning.

“The relationship between my senses and my learning were always very tied together,” she says. “When I take in information, it turns into drawings, paintings, sculptures pretty immediately.”

Returning to her roots after college, Loflin says Greenville has given her much inspiration, which she’s trying to give back. 

She will be showing her work in Artisphere this May, and her art is consistently available at Art & Light Gallery.

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