Artwork of the Day: Expressions, Alexis Silk

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"Expressions" by Artexpo 2013 exhibitor Alexis Silk

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Expressions,” a series of 5 x 10 x 5 hot sculpted blown glass sculptures by Artexpo New York 2013 exhibitor Alexis Silk.

Alexis’ colorful, provocative sculptures are timeless. Working in cast bronze, hot sculpted blown glass and steel, she explores interrelationships of humanity, culture and industry. Her primary subject is the human figure—dynamic or in repose, classical, familiar and rich with meaning. In her works, intrinsic beauty combines with conceptual depth.

One of the leading young sculptors currently working in hot glass, Alexis was born in Seattle in 1983 and moved to Berkeley, California when she was 10 years old. In 2001, she entered the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She quickly identified sculpture as her passion, with a focus in foundry. A student of human form, she learned to combine her close knowledge of anatomy with a passion for fire and an unquenchable thirst for meaning.

Conceptually and artistically, Alexis likes to push the boundaries of what is deemed possible. Her glass figures are sculpted entirely freehand while the glass is piping hot on the end of blowpipe or punty rod. Her largest figures are close to half her body weight and take a team of five or six assistants to handle the glass while she sculpts.

Since receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, Alexis has continued to study with glass masters like Pino Signoretto, Richard Royal and Boyd Sugiki. She’s been working full time as an artist since 2006. Today, her innovative work is displayed in museums, galleries, private collections and fine art shows around the country.

We look forward to sharing her work with you this March at Artexpo New York 2013!

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