My senior project at Hartwick College was Shade Tree. The steel sculpture was carefully designed to be balanced by glass, a metaphor between my two concentrations: glass and sculpture. Sculpture has provided me with a foundation for my glass work.I painted the sculpture black to represent the absence of light and the harmony between the two when it’s lit.However, when the lights are out, the tree seems both barren, one without the other, and purely sculptural, a desolate tree.The wires flow through the tree as water would flow through the roots-bringing life to the leaves, light to the glass.
It is all about light.One of the reasons I am particularly drawn to glass is because glass has an amazing ability to shade, block out, reflect, and capture light.I choose to portray how light interacts with glass and how light is an important factor to the appearance of how we see glass; its colors and patterns.I choose to illuminate glass forms and suspend them into the viewer’s space so that the light will not only occupy the viewer’s space, but refill the glass forms with light. For example, when blowing glass, a bright glow of light radiates from the medium in its molten state, yet becomes dim as it cools. Therefore, I choose to put the light back into the finished object.
Glass is my medium of choice because the light captures my eyes and represents what I love most about glass, the bright fluidity of the medium when it’s hot. I choose to make a lighted installation to capture the viewer’s eyes with light as well, and in doing so, illuminate the properties of glass that make it beautiful.