Winners of KICB International Competition

Grand Prize of the KICB 2019

Tip Toland, USA

  • Tip Toland received a B.A. in art in 1976 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado and an M.F.A. in ceramics in 1981 from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA. In 2018, her work was presented at the exhibition Like life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body at the Met Breuer, New York and the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale held at Yingge Ceramic Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan. In 2017, she won the Best of Show of Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, a competition hosted by the Zanesville Museum of Art, Ohio, USA. In 2014, she taught as a lecturer at the Gage Academy in Seattle and at Hollins University in Virginia, USA. She is presently a lecturer in ceramic art.

Tantrum / 2017 / Stoneware, Paint, Chalk pastel, Hair

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Tip Toland's figurative sculptures are stunningly realistic and exquisite. She uses wax to express real human skin and applies natural or artificial human hair. Her works bring to mind photo realism and hyperrealism, through which the artist intends to communicate the psychology deep inside humans. These three pieces are self portraits. The first piece, Tantrum, describes the artist's sane response to an insane world. The second piece, Beauty Parlor, is about parents willingly being made the fools out of love for their children. The third piece, Fool, is a portrait of the artist herself as a contemporary fool. Tip Toland often creates sculptures of the elderly and children because they are too often weak and neglected. The feelings imparted by her sculptures make the viewer feel the same feelings in his or her life and elicit an emotional and empathetic response.

Tip Toland is a multitude of beings - an artist, philosopher, psychologist, ethicist, and sage. In Toland’s hands clay becomes an ideal material to work her wondrous and laborious nuanced emotions. She is willing to expose and reveal her personal turmoil’s and vulnerabilities in ways that leave the viewer spellbound. She is an artist who has the capability to match her talent with an uncanny ability to portray the figure in ways that are so compelling, so honest and recognizable that she captures a universality that leaves the viewer transfixed with empathy and understanding. Her hyper-real figures, partly erotic, partly grotesque convey universal truths about the human condition and we are transformed.

Head Jury, International Committee KICB 2019

Judith Schwartz
PhD / Professor Emeritus, New York University