Over the past 2 months I have been working on developing a body of work in glass at the #UrbanGlass Studios in Brooklyn, NY. I was awarded a scholarship to investigate my interests in color, light and geometry in the medium of glass. This is a departure from my work as a painter, but the visual language of my paintings are clearly translating into this new, dimensional material of cut, constructed, colored glass.
Here is a detail from my proposal:
These new glass pieces visually reference the crystallographic imagery seen in my paintings. In this new mixed media work, I continue to push 3 dimensional forms, seeking to create physical sensations of light, color and space. These works explore the optical qualities of glass by exploring its transparency, translucency, reflective and refractive properties. The surfaces are constructed using layers of painted glass, and cut into geometric fragments. I am interested in creating layers of transparent, colored glass that will blend, shift or reflect light as the viewer engages with it.
This new material has left a lasting impression not only on my process but also on my hands. My fingers are crosshatched with a constant collection of cuts, nicks and in one case, a scar of five stitches all from glass wounds. Also a few burn marks from splashing molten metal from soldering.
Over the next few weeks, I will begin to post process shots from the cold shop and from my cardboard models.
I have completed two pieces (pictured below) and I have three others in the process of making in the studio right now, I’ll look forward to hearing what you think about these new explorations into glass as wall sculpture.