ARTIST STATEMENT

The phrase “broken glass” carries with it a negative connotation.  As children, we are taught that glass is fragile, and if it’s broken, it can be dangerous.  Immediately, we grab the dustpan and sweep it up, yet we are so afraid of the pieces that we generally do not stop to see the shimmering iridescent beauty that occurs.  The breaks undulate and refract light in ways that cannot be duplicated by hand or machine.

This body of work explores the dichotomy between the imperfections of the fragments and the beauty that is achieved by restoring them. The body of work is comprised of abstract geometric shapes that have been broken and reassembled with the intention of exploiting traditionally unpleasant results as a springboard to entice the viewer to look deeper into the confines of the glass.  The interiors glow and refract light between the textured and polished surfaces.  This creates a new dimension inside the sculpture that could only be achieved with the medium of glass.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016 100 Sculptors x 100 Sculptures, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI
2016 SOFA Expo, K. Allen Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016 Gathering: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland, Atrium Gallery, Muncie, IN
2016 Cast Glass from the Midwest, K. Allen Gallery, Sister Bay, WI
2015 Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition Janice Charach Gallery, Detroit, MI
2014 Taos Art Glass Invitational, The Grand Bohemian Gallery, Taos, NM
2014 Gathering: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland, 924 Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2014 Out of Town, Contemporatry Glass Society, Online, United Kingdom
2013 Stanislav Libensky Award, Prague Gallery of Czech Glass, Prague, Czech Republic
2013 Kent State Biennial Student Exhibition Kent State Main Gallery, Kent, OH
2011 Cutting Edge Glas Exhibition, JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City, OK
2010 Blast: Seven Emerging Artists Working in Glass,  Millworks Gallery, Akron, OH


EDUCATION

2013  M.F.A. Glass, Kent State University, Ohio
2006  B.F.A. Sculpture, University of Toledo, Ohio