Becca Flis is a sculptor who is passionate about the cast metal process. She is interested in exploring themes of tactility, process, and form in her work. Becca was born in 1992 and received her BFA with minors in Art Education and Art History from Alfred University in 2014. She has taught many workshops, both nationally and internationally, on dung-molding, an ancient mold-making process used to cast metal. Becca's work has been featured in numerous shows, most notably the Curated Student Exhibition at Space One Eleven in Birmingham, AL, 120° Intercollegiate Regional at the Saratoga Arts Center Gallery in Saratoga, NY, as well as a solo room in Magical Events at the Seligmann Center in Chester, NY. Her piece Palm (2014) has been on loan to Alfred University as a part of their art collection since 2014. Becca is currently studying to get her MFA in Sculpture from the University at Albany in Albany, NY.
The contrast between decay and preservation is a prevalent theme in my art. I challenge expectations of material and permanence—whether it is making the intangible solid, the ephemeral enduring, or the stable fleeting. I am interested in the sensory interaction of material and the relationship between texture and form; the way that simply changing the medium of an object can suggest new interpretations and feelings. Using unstable substances results in casts that are reflections of their originals, but also exist as tangible representations of passing time. Conversely, permanent materials such as bronze and iron act as an agent of preservation, freezing ephemeral objects in time and space. I draw from my own experiences to create works that mirror my emotional or physical self. The contradictions in material, aesthetics, and content are ones that I embody. I am forever both the pristine and the deformed, the fleeting and eternal, the whole and the segmented and this reality reflects in my work.