Joanna Manousis, Selene, USA, 2017
Opaline glass, reminiscent of the precious opal stone, has been used to embody Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon whose gravitational pull connects us to the tides.
Selene represents the culmination of several months of studio-practice research for Manousis. The opaline glass used to create Selene changes its color saturation based on the length of time it is held at a developing temperature in the kiln. A series of twenty tests were conducted to perfect the final, varied hues evident in Selene. The castings were held from 15 minutes to 200-hours at this advancing stage, creating a varied spectrum of colors. The segments that comprise Selene were cast in separate kiln firings, each differing in its developing hold duration in order to present distinct opacity shifts in the finished sculpture.
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.
Core Cast Opaline Glass / Aluminum / Stainless Steel
33.5 h x 33.5 w x 3.5 d inches
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