ALISSA MITTL received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University. She has apprenticed for working ceramic artists Sue Tirrell (Pray, MT) and Julie Guyot (Tallahassee, FL), and received fellowships to attend workshops at both Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO) and Penland School of Crafts (Bakersfield, NC). Originally from southwest Florida, her work has shown both locally and nationally. Mittl is currently in her second term as a Ceramic Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center in northern California. Her work can be found at the Mendocino Art Center Shop and in her online Etsy store Mittl Ceramics.
“As a studio artist and art historian, my work is informed by both my inherent artistic motivations and visual representations throughout history. I am highly interested in the Symbolist and Surrealist movements of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries. My work explores psychological notions of aversion and the inexplicable as well as ethereal concepts of the soul and emotion. I aim to conjure a response from the viewer, whether it be positive or negative, to connect with them on an intrinsic level. I encourage confrontation and introspection between viewers and my work, with the ultimate goal to illicit an understanding.”
- Mittl, 2016