Into the Deep

September 24, 2016 - August 20, 2017

Red PolypInto the Deep will introduce visitors to the similar properties between glass and water, taking them on a journey through the wide possibilities of glass and the beauty of marine life. 

The pieces in the exhibition reflect the movements, textures, shapes, and colors associated with being underwater through the medium of glass. "By creating artwork inspired by the ocean, each artist has captured both the fragile beauty of the marine environments and the delicate nature of glass,” shares Into the Deep curator, Katie Buckingham.

Buckingham, the Museum's Assistant Curator, is hopeful that visitors will not only enjoy seeing the variety of marine-inspired glass art in Into the Deep, but also connect what they see to their natural surroundings. “I hope that visitors to Into the Deep learn about the many different ways the medium of glass can be used to make art, but also feel inspired to observe, celebrate, and protect natural environments in their own communities."

Artists in the exhibition, whose work is traditionally inspired by the ocean or animals, feel similarly. Kelly O’Dell, who created a glass clam and mussel with barnacles for Into the Deep during her 2015 residency at Museum of Glass, does not consider herself an animal rights activist or expert, but understands that her work has the power to influence how people view their natural surroundings. From rhinoceros and elephant busts to clams and mussels, O’Dell often works with animal forms. “As I get to know the animal, I learn of its fragility. I experienced this with the barnacled pieces. As I researched the idea, the shells, the barnacles, I learned about the reality of ocean acidification, and how it can drastically affect the ocean’s life forms,” shares O’Dell.

Into the Deep includes more than 55 pieces, 15 of which were made in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop. Alfredo Barbini, Dale Chihuly, Shayna Leib, Kelly O’Dell, Kait Rhoads, Raven Skyriver, and Hiroshi Yamano are amongst the 16 national and international artists featured in the exhibition. Three digital tours, using STQRY QR codes, will accompany the exhibition. The first, written by University of Washington, Tacoma, (UWT) professor and biologist Bonnie Becker, will offer a scientific supplement to the artwork in Into the Deep. The second will detail how specific pieces in the exhibition were made. The third will provide information about each featured artist and their personal connection with the ocean.

Into the Deep media sponsor: KUOW



Image Credit: Kait Rhoads (American, born 1968); Red Polyp, 2007; Blown glass, mixed hollow murrine woven with copper wire; steel stand; 45 x 49 x 19 inches; Collection of the artist; Photo courtesy of the artist.

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