Thanks to the wonderful world of pinterest, I have discovered another really awesome artist. This time, the artist in question is a glass artist (remember my post on Chilhuly?). Her name is Shayna Leib. According to the biogrophy on her website, Shayna studied at California Polytechnic State University where she majored in philosophy, and minored in glass and literature. Though she was accepted to study philosophy at a higher level, she decided instead to pursue her love of glass working. She moved to Madsion,Wisconsin to complete her studies. Shayana says that she doesn’t choose to work with glass because of the way it can mimic both stone and plastic, but because of the unique properties it possesses on its own– namely “the inclination to flow, the capacity to freeze a moment in time, and its ability to manipulate optics.” My favorite glass pieces she has created are from her Wind and Water series. Here is what she has to say about this series:
“Wind and water possess no intrinsic color, are clear to the point of invisibility, and yet move through space. We see not their form itself, but can detect their patterns and shapes only vicariously though the objects they affect. The trace of water’s touch over moss and sea life, the wind’s passage over marshlands, through wheat fields and the fur of a long-haired animal- these two forces make their presence known. Their character is contradictory and fickle, encompassing fragility and violence, placidity and turbulence.”
Check out what she’s talking about in some samples if her work shown below.
I love these pieces of art! If you go to her website and check them out, each one has an explanation, a unique name, and a bit of a story to explain their origin. I love knowing what the artist was thinking as they created a piece of art, and Shayna has politely provided me with that insight in to her thought process.
I’ve always loved the inherent properties of glass– the way it can be transparent at times, and at other times opaque, not to mention its known fragility. The fact that huge, massive sculptures are created from a medium that we have spent our entire lives thinking of as fragile amazes me. It blows my mind that the same material I see daily on my windows and drinkware can be made in to a beautiful and intricate stand alone sculpture. I always found it intriguing that the glass blowers or glass artists know exactly how to handle this material. They know the temperatures to heat the glass to, and they know that if they blow in to this tube at this part of the glass it will create this shape. I know a lot of it is trial and error, but wow– what a process. That’s one of the things I like most a out Shayna’s sculptures. Her sculptures incorporate the same shape, or series of shapes, repeated throughout the entire piece leaving a small margin for error when it comes to the trial and error process that must be a crucial element to manipulating glass. What patience she must have! I love it!