As visual artists, we would ordinarily not try to write an artists’ statement; the phrase “dancing about architecture” comes to mind. But our work with our Glasscapes has raised an interesting issue which bears a brief exploration.
It is our impression that the “higher” you go in the art world, the more precious and revered becomes “the artist’s vision.” Certainly, there are works of art—masterworks—that are both unique and in their final perfected form, that could not be altered in any way without diminishing them. Think of Hamlet or Mozart’s 40th Symphony or Citizen Kane.
But we are humble enough to doubt this is true of our Glasscapes. Quite to the contrary, it is our belief and intent that the viewer—whether owner or gallery visitor—should become actively involved in the composition of the glass pieces in many of the glass sets. They are so designed that you may re-arrange the pieces at will and as often as inspiration strikes. We take our lead here from the Japanese practice of exchanging wall scrolls or small silk table paintings as the seasons advance. Except we have gone further: the very alphabet, you might say, of many of the glass sets can be re-arranged to make endless new visual words or statements. Couples may even engage in a kind of visual conversation by taking turns manipulating a piece each day, or each time one walks by.
We believe in this involvement of others strongly enough that we have an ever-growing number of glass set designs, such that you may also alternate and mix them. Nothing about our own particular vision of the work is sacred, though we have our preferences and favorites. We welcome your participation, and may even be inspired by it.