Katherine Gray
My work draws on the rich historical traditions of glassblowing as well as more contemporary uses of glass, particularly in the domestic sphere, but I use these references as a common foundation for exploring a material that we don’t ‘see’: it is often flawlessly clear and colourless, hence invisible in that regard, but also it can be so ubiquitous and banal that it does not register in our psyches either. Essentially, all of my work is about disappearance and I use glass as an embodiment of that notion, vacillating between a state of otherworldly perfection and one of mundane familiarity. To my mind, these two polarities are what set this material apart from so many others, and one of the reasons that I feel compelled to keep working with it as an artistic medium. It is known and unknown at the same time, both present and absent.