Ah, a glass museum less than two miles from my current campsite! The display covering the history of glass in New England was interesting, yes, but when I got to these sculptural, technical pieces, by the artist Sidney Hutter, I was in heaven. As he puts it, he works “…in form, color, and light.” Yes, indeed he does!
His glass creations captivated me. Each one is 16-20 inches high and incredibly detailed, as you can see from the closeup below.
Sometimes a vase isn’t a vase, it’s a sculpture that challenges us to see beyond the familiar and appreciate form over function.
“As a visual artist, I make three-dimensional pieces that are best experienced by walking around each piece to view how it reacts to light, movement and the environment.” (Sydney Hutter)
Moving closer to each pieces brings out the depth of color and light; even a small movement changes the look of the bands.
Looking down into a vase brings a completely different perspective. This is the same green piece as in the second photo above.
Sometimes, as Julia Cameron suggests, an artist’s date of looking at other artists’ creation is a most excellent way to fire yourself up. Playing with these images, first in camera and then in post-processing, actually made me see the world in a slightly different way.
Go on, find an outdoor exhibit, or a museum, a farmers’ market, or just walk out into the world and look at something sideways. Step out of your comfort zone and see what you find.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
George Bernard Shaw