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The Australian National University

Katherine Gray

Forest Glass 2009, Glass, Mixed Media, 63 x 30 x 120 in. largest tree

Country: USA

visited in 2010

Workshop: Glass

My work primarily involves glass. It is a material that we spend a lot of time not looking at, but I have invested a good part of my artistic livelihood trying to perfect working with it, to make visible the invisible. This means highlighting both the material itself but also the long journey towards glassblowing mastery. I want my work to represent the inequity that exists between sublime beauty and manufacturing extravagance, because I have arrived at a place where I am no longer confident that I made the right choice. At the very least, my subtle disillusionment is overwhelmed by the value in making things in a society increasingly ruled by machines and simulated experiences.
Gray received her Associate’s degree from the Ontario College of Art and her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work can be found in the collection of Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of American Glass, Tacoma Museum of Glass, and others.

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