Detroit based glass artist, Joshua Wojick, reaches far outside of conventional glassblowing to lend a new perspective and insight on the material and process, exploiting both the inherent fragility and structural nature of glass. His use of the material truly expresses the full spectrum of what glass is and can be.
With a foundation in the traditional furnace glassblowing of Murano, Joshua has honed his craft over years of making and believes that learning from past generations of artists is fundamental to being able to innovate in the present.
The functional and sculptural dichotomy found in Joshua’s work helps to inform his approach to each new piece, as both elements are of equal importance and consideration; from the intricacies of goblet making to the physicality of large abstract sculpture.
He finds great reward in the medium of hot glass and in the immediate physical and mental demand of the material.
“Each moment requires my full attention, there is no stopping, and there are no breaks. Every addition of glass becomes another problem to solve—timing, heat, and shape all factor into the end result. The smallest of details must be taken into consideration, overlook one, and the work is ruined”.
Speaking of his stacked cairn series:
“I work in glass because it is the material I can bend and shape into whatever I desire – like glass rocks – so authentic in their appearance they are often mistaken for what is found in nature. But glass, in its essence, is stone and it is only through industry that mankind has altered stone to suit its needs. By creating glass rocks I am symbolically completing the cycle of transformation back to nature. These stacked stones, or cairns, mark not only a delicate balance between man and environment and a natural energy but also the inherent need to influence our surroundings. However, even our best efforts to contain and mold nature are deficient; nature will prevail. These sculptures represent different variations of this idea; the concepts of permanence, balance, constraint, and energy are the cornerstones of my work”.
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