Joanna Manousis, Fertile Ground, USA, 2014

Joanna Manousis, Fertile Ground, USA, 2014
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Joanna Manousis, Fertile Ground, USA, 2014

Fertile Ground consists of full size taxidermy peacock, encrusted with clear glass succulents that appear to be growing from beneath the bird’s feathers. Here both flora and fauna are shells of what the living entities once were. The bird acts as a pedestal for its excessive adornment, which in turn explores the relationship of what is real, and what is mimicry.

British born artist, Joanna Manousis lives and works in the United States, creating sculptural objects and installations. Primarily working in glass, 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. She states, “I am drawn to the contrasting qualities of glass–transparent yet solid, it simultaneously reveals yet barricades.”

Manousis’ works engage the viewer’s gaze, drawing the audience 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.

Materials: Acrylic, Steel, Taxidermy Peacock, Flame-Worked Glass

Dimensions: 106h x 65w x 65d inches

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