Joanna Manousis, Bottled Pear No. 4, USA, 2018
Bottled Pear No. 4 is inspired by the ‘Williams Birne’ pear in a bottle aperitif. A silhouette of a pear rests in the bottom of a half filled decanter, while a bronze pear simulating rotting fruit looks to have fallen from the branch positioned above. Residual memories of loved ones lost is embodied in this piece and our subtle shifts in perception when recollecting time and place.
Bottled Pear No. 4 is created in blown and ‘core-cast’ glass. The original bottle (from which molds were taken) is engraved with embellishments that are reminiscent of European cut crystal aperitif decanters. The branch and pear are lost-wax cast in bronze, hand-polished and finished with patina.
Manousis has earned numerous international 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.
Medium: Blown, Cast Glass, Bronze, Patina
Dimensions: 20” H x 13” W x 5” D, 50.8 H x 33.02 W x 12.7 D cm
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