British born 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 domesticity and self reflection.
Her work is born out of a sustained exploration of human nature and the conflicts that exist between our inner reality and the world we occupy. Manousis often emphasizes decadence and grandiosity to illuminate the superfluous nature of accumulated luxury when faced with our own impermanence.
Manousis’ works engage the viewer’s gaze, drawing the participant into a literal and philosophical state of reflection regarding the essence of human existence and ideas related to growth, emotionality, aspiration and mortality.
Her work has been recognized with nominations for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and a Bombay Sapphire Award Nomination for ‘Excellence in Glass’ as well as the Margaret M. Mead Award and the Hans Godo Frabel Award. Manousis has received support from internationally recognized residency programs including the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Corning Museum of Glass, New York; and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. Her work has been exhibited at Design Miami and Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland; FOG Art + Design, San Francisco; the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark; and the British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge, England.
She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art–Glass from The University of Wolverhampton, England. Manousis has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.