Alexis Silk, 2016 Spotlight Artist
Alexis Silk is breaking exciting ground with dramatic new works in blown glass and metal that are at once timeless and thought provoking. Emerging from the intersection of the artist’s fascination with the human figure, passion for her molten medium, and desire for conceptual expression, the work exhibits surprising maturity and depth. Technically, Silk is pushing the boundaries of what is possible, sculpting her glass figures entirely freehand while the glass is hot on the end of a blowpipe or punty rod. Her largest figures are close to half her body weight and take a team of six assistants to handle the glass while she is sculpting it. While making intrinsically beautiful objects, Silk explores issues of human nature, society, and the relationship of humans, nature, and industry. Her hanging figures are an eloquent exploration of objectification of the body.
Since receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, Silk has continued to study with glass masters such as Pino Signoretto, Richard Royal, and Boyd Sugiki. She has been working full time as an artist since 2006. Today she has work in museums, galleries, private collections, and fine art shows around the world.
A much-anticipated programming element of Redwood Media Group’s other art shows, the Spotlight Artist Program is being featured for the very first time at Artexpo New York in 2016 and will continue to be a highlight at the show in future years. Alexis Silk is one of four esteemed artists selected for this year’s Spotlight Artist Program.