TARA LEALE PORTER

FUSED ART GLASS

My artwork is fused glass; compatible glass which is melted in a kiln; each firing lasting about a day the in heating and cooling. I kiln fire each piece multiple times to temperatures ranging from 1200 to 1500 degrees to build textures. By affecting how the glass melts, I create the image with fluidity, translucency and opaqueness. By creating texture, I highlight the color, line, light, and form.

My aesthetic is a combination of Minimalism and the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi. Minimalism is a reduction of the essential elements, evoking the imagination is ways a complex image may not and "Wabi Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect. impermanent, and incomplete.  The antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental. Beauty is an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace."  Leonard Koren  

By interweaving my art glass with found natural objects with the patina of time on them, I construct a narrative of regeneration.  My use of the flawed and the perfect, the deconstructed and constructed, represent the change of time, regeneration with unconventional beauty. With other works, only the dynamic simple complexity of the glass needs to be highlighted and not distracted from.