I make fused glass panels by controlling scientific variables such as viscosity, mass, density, gravity, size, time, and using these variables to produce an aesthetic inspired by black-and-white photography, painting and drawing. By fusing my interests in science and art, I have been able to experiment with the phenomenology of glass to produce a visual experience that surprises viewers and forces them to consider the difference between actual and perceived depth.
I create very thin, flat glass panels made by melting individual glass components into a single larger panel at temperatures around 1,650° Fahrenheit (900° C). The components that I fuse together form a visual pattern, which I manipulate to achieve a false visual depth by creating foreshortening, size and tonal change and overlapping. The panels are physically very thin (around ¼”) but I am able to yield a false visual depth that appears to be greater than the physical dimensions of the piece. The work is easily compared to and inspired by other media that seem to visually push beyond their two-dimensional restrictions such as drawing, photography, printmaking and painting.
I make long rods of glass in the same hotshop using the same tools that you have likely seen someone on television using to blow a cup or vase. I cut those long rods into short cross sections and then fuse them back together to form thin panels that create a false perspective that looks to be very deep.
I take my inspiration from many different areas. I have always been interested in patterns found both in nature and created by man for efficiency. For example: two-dimensional media that tricks the brain into seeing a three-dimensional depth; photography, drawing and painting have always interested me for these reasons.