In this body of artwork, I wanted to draw from inspirations of my past and feelings I have for the future. My challenge was to convey these ideas in a medium that I have grown to love working with: stained glass. In my work, I hope to retain the aesthetic appeal of stained glass while taking a nontraditional approach with it to tell my story. I fell in love with stained glass five years ago, creating pieces which I was “supposed” to craft: lamps, conventional mosaics and representational sun catchers. As I worked to portray the medium on a more conceptual level in this series, the characteristics of glass including the playful interaction of color, light and sculptural form inspired this collection.
I hope that from my work the viewer is able to better appreciate the basic elements of the stained glass medium, which work together in a way like paints might interact on a canvas. I deconstructed the traditional uses of the material and showcased it among mundane, everyday objects such as a sink, faucets and tube of toothpaste. The pieces have a certain energy about them produced by the light, forms and colors that I hope my audience both views and feels when they see my exhibited work.