British – American artist, Joanna Manousis lives and works in the United States, creating sculptural objects and installations in glass and mixed media. It would be easy to describe artist Joanna Manousis as a “glass artist” and certainly many have. Glass, is indeed, the primary medium of her work, yet the categorization is short sighted. Manousis has mastered control of the medium, manipulating it through a multi-disciplinary process that often incorporates other materials such as cast bronze, enamel, and even taxidermy. Her works are multifaceted, rich in history and symbolism, often challenging the viewer with a distorted sense of feminine domesticity and self reflection. Her work captures and animates liminal moments, revealing a world in which objects, beings and places are interconnected, inducing reflection in the viewer, both physically and metaphorically.
Manousis has earned numerous internationall awards and nominations for her work, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Nomination in 2017, The Margaret M. Mead Award through the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center in 2011, the Hans Godo Frabel Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Glass’ in 2010, and a Bombay Sapphire Award nomination for ‘Excellence in Glass’ in 2008. Manousis has created her work within major public museums and studio residency programs, including The Toledo Museum of Art, OH, The Museum of Art and Design, NY, The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, and Cité Internationale des Arts, France. Her work has been exhibited internationally at institutions and art fairs including The Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark, The British Glass Biennale, UK, Salon Art + Design, NY and FOG Art + Design, San Franscisco. Holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a First Class Honors Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from The University of Wolverhampton, England, Manousis has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.