Joanna Manousis, Lace, USA, 2008
Lace encapsulates the opposing properties that are unique to glass, fragility and strength. These qualities are translated through these intricate glass structures that hold reference to domesticity, femininity and patience.
Simulating the qualities of woven textile, each lace panel is assembled from thin glass rods (cane) cut into round discs (murrini), which are fused in a kiln and laminated onto water-jet cut sheet glass. Each individual piece of murrini differs in size and thickness, altering the density of light as it is transmitted through the lace, like that of a prism.
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: Fused Murrine, Water-Jet Cut Sheet Glass
L/R 25” x 15”, 63.5 x 38.1 cm
Center 28” x 21”, 71.12 x 53.34 cm
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