Late in 2011, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, opened a glass studio with the intent of offering daily glass blowing demonstrations and educational programing for the public. In celebration of the new studio, the museum's curator of glass, Kelly Conway, invited artists to participate in a series of week long residencies with accompanying exhibitions throughout the year.
I am excited to announce that this coming week (Nov 13-18) I will be artist in residence at the glass studio! In conjunction with the residency, an exhibition of my work will be on display in the museum, until December 30th. This exhibition debuts sculptural works along with photographs and wall pieces. If you are interested in finding out any more information on these pieces or this residency, please contact me directly through the contact page on this website.
(Pictures of work in this post!)
'Industrial Society At Work'
When making work for this show I found myself contemplating a question that I have been asking myself repeatedly over the last few years. That question being:
What is the larger purpose of making art, specifically glass engravings, that look at the connections between people and their environments?
Or more simply: What is the purpose of making art?
These questions could be answered a million different ways for a million different reasons from even more differing perspectives. While I have thoughts to these questions in broad terms, specifically relating to my art, I have come to two working conclusions (abbreviated here).
'We Challenge Our Age'
The first conclusion, perhaps more straightforward than the second, is simply to help keep a dying tradition alive. Engraving is traditional craft that takes both time and skill accumulated by a lifetime of practice to master. Something that perhaps is lost on Western contemporary culture. This point in my work becomes increasingly important as I notice a shifting trend in attitude that leans towards quick gratification versus a vested interest in the long term.
The second conclusion that I came to is that my work is marking a time of extreme global and social change. When everything else is becoming digitally documented and stored in a cloud somewhere above our heads, I use the voice of art as my way of expressing the beginning of the 21st century. In the form of glass engravings that depict varied scenes from life that could serve as archival records of our age, for future generations.