Alexis Silk
Alexis Silk
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Glass Sculpture Artist
 

Glass Sculpture Artist

Alexis Silk works in molten glass and metal to create figurative work that’s timeless yet thought-provoking. A student of human form, she combines close knowledge of anatomy with a passion for fire and an unquenchable thirst for meaning. Technically, Silk is pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Her glass figures are sculpted entirely freehand while the glass is hot on the end of a blowpipe or punty rod. With work ranging in scale to life-size torsos hanging in 6-foot-tall steel frames, her largest figures are close to half her body weight and take a team of six assistants to handle the glass while she sculpts it. For her cast metal pieces, she pours the molten bronze or iron. While making intrinsically beautiful objects, Silk explores issues of human nature, society, and the relationship of humans, nature, and industry. Her hanging figures, for example, are an eloquent exploration of objectification of the body. Steel frames represent conceptual boxes of perception that society puts us in.
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