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Lydia Nelson Friedland

Artist Statement

My visual voice has been shaped by a variety of influences. These include personal and social issues as well as nature’s wonders. My latest body of work incorporates staples. I like to experiment. This medium can be mixed with a wide assortment of materials to create fascinating resemblances to both armor and beadwork. Even the reverse side of this medium has an intriguing organic quality. This medium metaphorically reflects such diverse expressions as anger, pain, frustration, obsession, beauty and humor.

The artist is a full-time studio artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts’ degree in Sculpture and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Anthropology. Throughout her career, the artist has taken numerous workshops with various artists. She maintains a studio at her home in Titusville.

 

Biography

Lydia Nelson Friedland’s art is a coalescence of her life’s journey. Born in Sarasota, Florida, her family moved to a small town in Michigan where she spent her formative years. Lydia moved back to Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and International studies. Pursuing her interest in diverse culture, Lydia traveled to Africa, South America, Europe and Asia.

Over the years, Lydia’s interests grew to include our natural environment and women’s issues. In order to pursue her love of art and her need to express herself visually, Lydia began studying with talented artists and returned to college receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1994 from the University of Central Florida. Having worked in numerous media, Lydia’s visual voice has found itself in unique forms and materials.

Lydia’s body of work has been widely displayed throughout Florida including: The Florida National at Florida State University, the Florida Competitive at the Center for the Arts in Vero Beach, the Deland Museum of Art, the Ridge Art Association’s juried shows in Winter Haven, the Boca Museum in Boca Raton, the Brevard Museum of Art and Science in Melbourne, the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, the juried and exhibition shows, received many awards , and has been recognized in newspaper articles, Art Papers, public radio, and cable television.

Lydia maintains her studio in Titusville, Florida, where she resides with her husband.