Luke Huling

Artist Statement

I am interested in the way we as humans portray ourselves; the façade that is constructed to conceal our emotions and genuine thoughts. My work aims to grasp this feeling of suppression and detachment of emotions, and unmask these stressors, memories, or afflictions that we keep hidden from those around us. By disrupting a conventional depiction of portraiture with metal barriers and symbolic objects, I hope to provide a glimpse of the covertness of human emotions. Confining my figures to these surreal environments provides my work with a sense of initial uneasiness. Although, it is my hope for this body of work to help viewers to acknowledge their roles of façades in their life and what might be the outcome of dropping your boundaries.

My work is actualized using primarily clay and metal. The ability of clay to mimic any shape or texture excites me. I use this characteristic to my advantage by meticulously studying objects to render a believable surface. Alternatively, metal helps to produce moments unattainable though clay by bearing weight and defying gravity. I draw with the metal, creating a transparent barrier between the viewer and the figures. Giving a tangible form to something that is unobservable.

-- Luke Huling


Luke Huling is a figurative sculptor from Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He received his BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and his Masters of Fine Arts from Indiana University Bloomington in 2019. Luke has taught courses in art foundations, ceramics, and metalsmithing at Doane University and Indiana University and hopes to continue his passion for teaching in the future. He is a past long-term resident at the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln Nebraska and he will be spending the 2019-2020 year as a resident at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg Tennessee.