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Amber Cowan Creates Eerily Beautiful Recycled Glass Sculptures From Thrift Store Trinkets
Posted By Molly Cotter On July 30, 2012 @ 5:38 pm In Art,carousel showcase,gallery,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments
Cowan began creating beautifully detailed and delicate flower-like sculptures that look as if they would actually sway in the breeze. The remarkable beauty of her pieces shined through as they grew into larger, complex systems. Upon closer examination, what looks to be a bed of curling glass  is composed of thousands of twisted, spiked, pieces that seem to fight each other for space. She likens her work to a siren’s call  – entrancing and sweet yet menacing up close.
Cowan also creates other pieces with deeply layered meanings. Her series called “Reincarnate and Wreckage” features classic white molded glassware like vases and bowls that are smashed into pieces and put back together in a haphazard way. In this practice she redefines the meaning and story of these home decor pieces. Her “Suspension”  series consists of over 300 pieces of glass blown into a sort of rope that loops over and over a set of cables. Her complete mastery of the medium has won her numerous awards  and she exhibits pieces in museum collections and galleries all over the country.
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URLs in this post:
 Amber Cowan: http://ambercowan.com/section/199497.html
 American molded glass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_American_molded_glass
 flameworking, blowing, and hot-sculpting,: http://ambercowan.com/artwork/1810994.html
 curling glass: http://ambercowan.com/home.html
 siren’s call: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siren
 “Reincarnate and Wreckage” : http://ambercowan.com/artwork/2419788_Reincarnate_to_Wreckage_Experiments_in.html
 “Suspension”: http://ambercowan.com/artwork/1695703_Suspension.html
 numerous awards: http://ambercowan.com/resume
 unconsumption: http://unconsumption.tumblr.com/post/28125858624/philadelphia-based-sculptor-amber-cowan-creates
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