In the last few years (after many years of sketching and painting in watercolour and acrylic) I have been mainly involved in creating art with fused glass.
To me glass always seemed alive, and its life is very interesting. It is full of light, colour, and ever-changing shape. Glass can be soft and warm, or cold and dangerous, loud and subtle, complicated and simple. The possibilities that glass contains reflect a multifaceted essence of nature. In my work, I want to bring this complexity and energy to the viewer’s attention.
Much of the art I make can be experienced by the viewer as purely decorative, but I focus on trying to reflect some aspects of glass that many may otherwise overlook. In most of my works I hope to convey a message of appreciation of complexity of relationships, be it human or object.
Each of my works is designed and produced by me in my studio. The glass is cut, shaped, ground and fused over several days. Occasionally I use metal inclusions for added symbolism. Some pieces are mounted on sheets of galvanized steel, which I brush and cover with clear varnish to minimize rusting.
Airborne Art 2017
Back in 2014, our storage areas were bursting at the seams with surplus airplane parts. We asked the art community to bring new life to some unique pieces of “canvas.” A piece of scrap metal, loop antennas, pieces of exhaust—the vintage aircraft parts became one-of-a-kind art.
The finished pieces were donated back to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada for charitable fundraising.
Our first Airborne Art Project was so successful we invited artists to collaborate with us again. We’re very excited that the pieces are now starting to be unveiled and returned to us here at the museum.
This is our third year of the program and we couldn’t be more excited. The level of participation and quality of the art is amazing and gives the museum a unique fundraising opportunity that no other organization has.
The art is displayed in the museum and auctioned at our Out of the Blue Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
For more information, or if you are an artist and would like to participate next year, please contact:
- Amelia Marshall, Museum Special Projects Administrator