Lya Finston is an artist and printmaker based in Chicago, IL. In May 2018, Lya graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Studio Art and German Studies. Lya is currently making work at Spudnik Press Cooperative—where she is participating in the 2018-2019 Studio Fellowship program — and Hoofprint, where she assists with lithographic publishing projects. Lya also works part-time at Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago, and LH Selman Ltd. Before moving to the midwest, Lya grew up in Cranford, NJ
My work investigates the historical movement from printed matter to digital content, comparing the ways each has affected how truth and belief function (and fail) within our society. Through print, animation, and installation, I attempt to bring new life to the absurd and supernatural while achieving a level of de-familiarization that pushes my audience to rethink the way they consume art and information on a daily basis. By creating alternate histories and re-contextualizing lithographic images in digital animations, I hope to communicate my understanding that, from the period of hand-press prints to the rise of the internet, virtually nothing has changed when it comes to the state of truth in relation to the media.