Halle Ballard

Halle Ballard


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    Artist's Statement

    Speaking to my experience as the product of artificial donor insemination and the daughter of a queer woman, my work seeks to embody feelings of displacement and existential dependency.

    The work explores a dynamic between a queer mother and daughter where the struggle for autonomy feels both necessary for survival as well as a threat to each others identities and existence.

    I internalized a sense of dropping into my life experience with no historical or contextual familial ties, due to the anonymity of my paternal makeup, as well as the unconventional, makeshift nature of my mothers queer lifestyle. Seemingly untethered to a familial history or lineage that preceded me, my mother appeared to be the one person solely responsible for and my identity and existence.

    With these experiences driving me, I play with the scale, tension, and levity of papier-mâché figurative sculptures to illustrate the struggle between autonomy and dependance within the relationship of a queer mother and child.

    Selected Exhibitions

    5 into 1, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

    CrossCurrents, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
    Juried Exhibition

    Artist's Bibliography

    "In Dialogue," GrizzlyGrizzly, Issue #3

    Isaacs, Susan, "Twentieth annual ‘5 into 1’ exhibit highlights grads of five local art colleges and universities," Artblog, June 5, 2019

    Trageser, Stephen, Nashville Scene

    Awards & Honors

    CrossCurrents, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
    Dina Wind Scholarship

    Atlantic City Cinefest, Atlantic City, NJ
    Best Actress in a Short

    Crozier Award for Outstanding Academic Performance


    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    BFA, Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
    Magna Cum Laude