Artist Statement

 As a dyslexic, imagery plays a huge role in my life and that’s why art is my best form of expression. When I was younger, I was ridiculed for my reading and language deficits, and art became my escape. Even now, it’s still my place where words disappear and I feel like my truest self.

 

Working with glass fascinates and challenges me. It’s like painting a picture that I turn into three-dimensional form and, although my design process is controlled, the subsequent firing process brings an element of unpredictability. The final outcome of my vision requires the successful balance of space and weight as I compose my design while forecasting how the glass will flow, expand, and settle during the heating and cooling cycles. Ultimately, it’s a matter of working backwards. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don't, but chasing the challenge is what I love most.   

Gloriosa | 2020

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