Glory Day Loflin likes to say she thinks with her hands. “My artwork is inspired by the things that I see on a day-to-day basis,” elaborates the young artist. “My paintings are a way to observe my surroundings while exploring patterns, rhythms, and color combinations through the process.”
Day Dreams // Glory Day Loflin composes charming scenes with an authentic eye and bold stroke
The Greenville native grew up in a house surrounded by woods filled with cultural objects from the Philippines, where her mother was raised. “As a child, I spent a lot of time digging in creeks,” Loflin recalls, “so my initial understanding of clay and ceramics comes literally from the ground up.”
She wasn’t introduced to standard art materials until high school at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, where she focused on painting and sculpture. These two media inform her work to this day.
“Coming to art from a thinking perspective, whatever material I use, the material should make sense for the idea I’m trying to get across,” Loflin says. “I don’t have a grand artistic vision as much as I have materials that I enjoy working with.”
Also a musician who studied dance up to high school, Glory Day values interdisciplinary artwork because that’s how her brain works. “Object-making and painting and drawing are very closely connected for me. When I go to make a painting with a large pot in the corner of the room, I’ll use that as a way to figure out what type of form I want to make later in clay.”
Loflin works three jobs to support her art. When she returned to Greenville after completing college at Cooper Union in New York City, painting was relegated to the wee hours of the morning in a damp basement with a single light bulb. That changed in 2015 when she received a Brandon Fellowship through the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA), which gave her access to the center’s studio space and art classes.
In her paintings—acrylic on wood these days—Loflin joyfully catalogs her surroundings in bold saturated colors and heavy black outlines, often depicting interior spaces and the animals who live with her.
“My capability to spend all my time in my mind is very high, and in college, much of my work was abstract,” she reports. “But when I came back to South Carolina, and started to document my day-to-day life through making things, I realized I was more mentally present. My work now is a grounding force in my life.”
Teresa Roche, owner and curator of Art & Light Gallery in the Village of West Greenville where Loflin’s work is available, describes the young artist’s work best. “To me, Glory Day’s work is very folky in a way,” Roche notes. “The simply defined shapes and dynamic compositions are exceptional, and as a surging artist in the Southeast, her effortless style and vibrancy of color will propel her career.”