Seeing Into It: Messages in Glass

Seeing Into It: Messages in Glass
Paul Marioni and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend
For Paul Marioni and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, glass is the ideal material for confronting the darkness and lightness of being. Over the course of their thirty-five year friendship, they have continually inspired each other, having crossed paths professionally at pivotal moments. What links their work together is the innovative use of figurative and narrative imagery that asserts the profound potential of glass as a medium. This exhibition is a selective retrospective of the artists’ most meaningful works spanning the 1970’s to the present.

Marioni and Stinsmuehlen-Amend are distinguished for their unconventional approach to technique, material and form. They have been essential to the development of glass as teachers and creators for more than four decades. Among the various themes that emerge in their work, consciousness and how the mind operates are launching points for each artist. Mortality, corporality, and sensuality appear throughout. Marioni often encases hallucinatory visions and supernatural creatures in blown vessels and flat panels. Stinsmuehlen-Amend recurrently contemplates the mindlessness of daily existence and the inner thoughts that manifest themselves in the visual form of scribbles, which she recreates in sandwiched layers of glass.

These two rule-breakers have fearlessly taken the road less traveled and consistently pushed glass into  new territories of expression. Marioni and Stinsmuehlen-Amend’s commitment to exploring the way that light, color and line converge in glass to transmit messages and meaning has always set them apart. In a rare pairing, this exhibition honors their voices and contributions. A companion catalog is available on the Publications page of this website.

This exhibition was on display at the Craft in America Center March 22, 2014 – June 28, 2014

Photos by Madison Metro