I took a traumatic experience in my life and created a body of work called transition and change. I wanted to work with it because it held power and it mirrored societal events. We see upheaval and renewal all around us.
I had been doing labor intensive, glass carving. I found it meditative. Now I had too much pent up energy. It needed release. It needed direction. This particular day, I arranged thick glass on a table, threw a rock at it to watch it crack. Its harsh melodic ring echoed through the studio. It felt exhilarating. It was no longer one large piece. It was myriad pieces with many more possibilities. It led me to opportunities I didn't then imagine.
Since then I've worked with broken and cut pieces of glass, color, enamels. glass paints. I am interested in reforming the old into the new, while retaining evidence. I use brokenness to evolve, develop, transform. It opens me to the future, lets me accept the past. It reminds me of our beginning. An incredible evolutionary process brought the earth and oceans into being. Who knows what's possible!
Sooner or later we all lose our innocence. Usually, it takes us by surprise and leaves us speechless. We continue to learn lessons throughout our lives.
This is lost innocence, found knowledge, and the gift of overcoming challenges.
It is also a bird and a child with a feather floating over her mouth;
It is what you perceive; what the child felt as she captivated my attention and the feelings in me making it.
It is the large glistening glass of water which glowed between the little girl and me while we were both watched the bird.
Art, Glass & Life
I'm a sculptor working in glass. I look at life metaphorically. This led to writing poetry and an exploration of its possibilities in glass. Poetry allows the inclusion of small bits and pieces of life, the way glass allows the fusion of small bits of color. Together they've become a powerful part of my life that I'm happy to share with you here.