B.F.A. Hot Glass
The importance of nature has always been one of the main inspirations for my artwork. Our environment brings a sense of unaltered wonder, but our culture of consumption ignores this as we struggle with maintaining a relationship with our natural surroundings. Instead of appreciating and cherishing the environment, we destroy it. Removing trees and other plants to increase areas of cultivation or to extend large cities cause habitat loss and threatens the survival of several species of both animals and plants. Only humans can think and act to make positive changes in the environment.
Nature is just as fragile as glass. By constructing my work around plant life, it is conveyed to the viewer that the environment is delicate and needs to be cared for, just as the glass does. Creating art from a fragile medium about a subject matter that is so delicate serves a bridge between two seemingly unrelated subjects of nature and man-made.
Glass tends to have a mind of its own just as nature does. The ability to create art through a medium comparable to soft, gooey honey is a skill that takes years of practice to obtain. Glassblowing requires acute, intense focus and thought, just as protecting our environment should. When working with glass, every little movement and decision matter; everything plays a part in the outcome of the piece. The same holds true for our environment. Everything that we do impacts the world that surrounds us, we just need to make sure that these actions help rather than hurt us.
The reason I chose to use glass as opposed to any other medium is because of what the glass helps to say about nature that couldn't be implied otherwise. The fragility of the glass helps get my message across while the industrial look of metal contradicts the organic looking glass panes in order to show the viewer how we’ve intruded on our environment so heavily. The beautiful and shiny characteristics of the earth-toned sheet glass in the greenhouse mimics the beauty we find in nature. However, the greenhouse is also missing a considerable amount of glass panes and the paint is coming off of the steel in many areas. This alludes to the idea that this object was once cared for but is now deteriorating, just as the planet is.
Through my art, I explore nature’s beauty and its importance to all life on this planet. Environmental sustainability is the focal point of my work and it recognizes and pays tribute to environmental awareness.