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Featured Artist Dana Zed

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Artist Dana Zed shares a set of illuminated sculptural glass packing containers that trace at different dimensions, thriller and magic. See extra of her portfolio on her web site.

“Ready for Course” glass and blended media, 10″ x 7″ x 7″

I first encountered glass at Rhode Island College of Design the place Dale Chihuly was instructing. I noticed what a magical factor glass may very well be from his dynamic enthusiasm. Throughout my school years, nonetheless, I used to be centered extra on portray and artistic writing. I point out this as a result of I’m an artist who works in multiple media to at the present time.

“The Key and the Rock” glass and blended media, 8.5″ x 7″ x 7″

After school I left the east coast and moved to San Francisco; there, I stumbled upon glass once more. This time it caught.

“Sport” glass and blended media, 7″ x 7″ x 18″

I started working within the Mission district at a spot referred to as “Magic Glass” making glass show instances. A gaggle of a couple of dozen of us labored in a barn making 6-foot-tall glass cupboards that had electrical wiring, storage locations and locking components. By the point Magic Glass made its final case, the show instances we made had been all around the world.

“Heavy Moon” glass and blended media, 15″ x 7″ x 5″

I used to be a builder and was in a position to take house an infinite quantity of plate/float glass. I started throwing the glass right into a kiln and melting every kind of objects into the glass, a few of which labored and a few of which didn’t. It was all trial and error. This was again within the days earlier than Bullseye Glass and the start of the fusing motion.

“Flower Field” glass and blended media, 12″ x 12″ x 12″

With my background in portray, I discover that the field type I work with is ideal for me because it permits me to make 4 small panels at a time, back and front.

“Portal” glass and blended media, 8″ x 8″ x 10″

Glass is a magical medium. It’s onerous but invisible, stable and but transmits gentle. Glass is my most well-liked media to precise philosophical concepts. Glass has thriller and requires intense craftsmanship. Designs are lower meticulously out of sheet copper after which melted between two sheets of glass to type a panel. The copper turns various shades of pink throughout the excessive temperatures of the kiln firing.

“Simple Luck” glass and blended media, 6″ x 6″ x 6″

Afterwards, the copper is not topic to our world of area, time, air and alter however is endlessly the identical trapped contained in the glass. The alchemy of this appeals to me.

“Relations” glass and blended media, 6″ x 7″ x 7″

The glass packing containers comprise non-linear narratives—they comprise atmospheres which might be each stimulating and nourishing. They elevate questions that don’t at all times present a solution. My viewers are invited to enter right into a realm the place there’s usually an object from above hanging over one thing beneath.

“Your Flip” glass and blended media, 6″ x 6″ x 6″

I reference the bodily world and the non-physical world in my work. Generally the box-like constructions comprise objects. There could also be an empty chair or damaged shells or a pendulum of types, which begin the viewer considering in a sure course with out truly taking them wherever. Usually my glass items are illuminated from inside.

I’m fascinated with magic and different dimensions and my intention is to awaken that curiosity in others.

Artist Dana Zed invitations you to observe her on Instagram.

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