Rhode Island glass blower Tracy Glover goes two dimensional.
Glassblowers aren’t generally known for making things that hang on walls. That’s true of Rhode Island-based Tracy Glover, whose best-known pieces are her richly colored vases and lamps. But she thought the striking abstract designs on her glass objects deserved a closer look, so she created a series of giclée prints from them.
The results take glass artistry to a new dimension. “I am mesmerized by the way the stripes in my work create new colors when they overlap,” Glover says. “Their wavy lines capture the movement of molten glass that only I get to see when I’m working with it.” She crops photographs of her glass objects into 15-by-15-inch squares and turns those into prints using the giclée method—a printing process that involves spraying water-based organic ink from digital printers onto archive paper. (Giclée, loosely translated from French, means “spray of ink.”) The resulting piece of art, she says, offers observers the chance to “focus on the seductive elements of glass that can be lost in the distraction of looking at the finished shape.” — Christie Matheson
TRACY GLOVER STUDIO
1655 Elmwood Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island, 401-461-1560, tracygloverstudio.com