My work is a documentation of human form, an exploration into the ways we perceive others, and a study of portraiture in studio glass. Using a mixture of various old and new processes and materials, I aim to capture a moment in time and create a three-dimensional photograph. I am interested in understanding individuals through .....
My work is a documentation of human form, an exploration into the ways we perceive others, and a study of portraiture in studio glass. Using a mixture of various old and new processes and materials, I aim to capture a moment in time and create a three-dimensional photograph. I am interested in understanding individuals through an analysis of subtle gesture, physical attributes and the immediate perceptions that those attributes spark. Glass is the perfect medium to exploit since it has characteristics common to people; transparent, opaque, fragile, broken, sharp, incompatible, rough, polished and colorful.
I have always been inspired by figurative painters. While in a painting program, I was introduced to glass blowing and I was immediately drawn to its industrial trade nature. After working for several studio glass artists and developing hand skills, I began to make rudimentary expressionistic figures hot sculpted in glass motivated by Francis Bacon and Otto Dix. After many years of experimentation with blowing and cold-working processes, I was looking for ways to make my figurative work more personal and about a more specific subject. I soon found my way full circle back to inspirations in figurative painting and an intrigue with historical portraiture and the bust. I began working with special effects mediums to capture an exact human likeness and was also researching possibilities involved with glass casting. Today, my work casts a spotlight on commonplace people – their uniqueness, strength and fragility, vanity, self awareness or unawareness – and discovers beauty in mortality. I look for beauty in physical form and in the afflictions and joys of life’s many stages. I want to achieve an extended palette of colored glass that I make from scratch to mimic my heroes in painting. I want to challenge myself to make full figures in dialogue and in motion. In the future I hope to incorporate bronze and colored glasses in inspiring ways that truly capture the splendor of the human being. I want to discover through my work family stories, memories, feelings of admiration, love, fear and strength that bring me closer to people and help me to understand them better. I am intent on details and the information trapped on skin. Studio glass has enabled me to record information of individuals in such a way that can be juxtaposed with my inspirations in figurative oil painting. Painters like Lucien Freud whose tonalities of whites and Egon Shiele’s grace in contour line have led me to work with glass in a more painterly manner. Glass artists like Mark Peiser have helped me to develop the chemistry and casting possibilities involved in glass.
My work is also made to evoke questions and concerns of perception and perspective. Through interaction with my work, I hope the viewer reflects on their own perspective and projections on others, whether labels, stereotypes or prejudices. The eyelids in my pieces act as a curtain/ barrier between the introspective self and the examination/ interrogation of the viewer. I feel the closed eyes separate these two positions in a way that allows the viewer time to reflect and make judgements while not confronted by the subject. My hope is to utilize the art of making and the medium of glass in innovate ways to capture and document the human condition, and to offer a window of discovery into the human form and our preconception of others.
Candy on a Stick
- Process: Cast glass
- Size: 18 x 19 x 13 Inches
- Process: Cast Glass, resin, paint
- Size: 24 x 17 x 14 Inches
- Process: Cast Glass
- Size: 20 x 15 x 11 Inches
Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
47th year of our International Glass Exhibition.
We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm | Exhibition: May 4th – July 5th