Grace, as the experience of the transcendence, is the focus of my work. I am interested in investigating the experience of grace and how to make the intangible tangible and the invisible visible. I utilize my intuitive nature as the process of my artistic practice as this process actively involves not knowing what the next step is or how my work will evolve, instead allowing and trusting the process to inform the work and me as I explore. My process is usually laborious as a way to clear the mind and be completely present in the moment. Having a minimalist aesthetic I tend to dress-down my work to its bare-bones to convey the honesty within it. The work I produce is simple in its message, material, creation, and presentation.
The excitement I feel when seeing an object take shape from molten glass is just as intense now as it was the first time I experienced the art form of glassblowing about 12 years ago. I love the intensity of the fire, the rich history of the craft and the beauty found within its raw materials. I am incredibly fortunate to have found my passion and to have the opportunity to work with a medium I truly love.
The monster series began as a therapeutic exercise to help me cope with a stressful pregnancy and a traumatic birth. I decided to make my son’s room a soft monster theme, because though it was scary and intimidating, this journey was also cute and cuddly. The soft sculpture eventually turned into glass when I returned to the studio. I applied the same theme, and played with the idea that when you approach scary and intimidating with humour and love, perspective changes.
With life and glass, I am driven by the idea that happiness can be chosen — that a sense of humour brings about a cheerful, lighthearted attitude and the people, environment and things we choose to surround ourselves with contribute to our well-being. I strive to produce art that is uplifting, visually pleasing and functionally beautiful.
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Huisje Gallery is a small space to see new work.
Hanging: artworks will hang 15 cm from the wall
H90 x 122W cm
H108 x W57 x D26 cm
Artists must provide a written statement (1 page max), which will be displayed with the work.
Visitors will be provided guidelines to give the artist constructive critique.
This is intended to help the artist learn about their work in a friendly, no-pressure space. As well, it is intended to build arts literacy and strengthen our community.