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Carving the Human Condition in Glass
I sand-carve glass faces compelled by the internal and external energy of human interaction. Impressions of the interrelationship between the mind and consciousness guide my work. Noticing miraculous emotional, logical and spiritual beings whose perception of the world through individual kaleidoscopic lenses of sensations and knowledge captivates me.
Glass is the perfect material to highlight the human condition. Its fragility, translucence, and reflective qualities perfectly match human characteristics and by transmitting light through its surface illuminate human essence. The glass and mirror surfaces reflect and acknowledge viewers, assisting the art in becoming invitations, conversations or restorative places. Like a conversation, each piece starts with one concept, changes with each viewer and is open, variable and responsive. The clear spaces in the work invite viewers to visually step into the work and see themselves floating softly in the face of another.
Connecting the viewer to the art is a growing interest. In my piece titled, Topsy Turvy, upside down heads loom over a small globe where inside viewers also appear upside down. Our beautiful minds play tricks on us, make assumptions, and color our worlds with infinite ideas; a joy and challenge of humanity.
My work is quiet and reflective, yet offers surprises, changing with time, lighting and angle viewed. Additionally, it is a testimony to those people who uncover treasures while journeying through lifeâ€™s hills and valleys.
Susan Bloch is a commission and exhibiting artist. She developed her mastery of glass carving during extensive work for architects and clients on a vast range of commissions until a personal crises changed her direction. Her fatherâ€™s critical illness awarded long contemplative hours during his extensive hospital stay. Gazing at his face, amidst the laughter, tears and sensations in that setting brought heightened awareness. The resulting carved faces express her need to show individuality within the scope of humanity. She states, â€œI work with glass because it emulates the human condition while its surface reflects viewers, inviting them inside the art.â€
Bloch exhibits in the United States and Europe. Her work is collected and commissioned internationally. Upcoming shows include the Glass and Clay Invitational, Healdsburg, Ca.and Red House Glass Cone, UK , 21st Century Engraved Glass group show.Recent shows include the Morley Gallery, UK; Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Richmond Art Center. She participated in a 3 person invitational glass show at Houghton Gallery, Corning, NY with a 4â€™2 layer plasma-cut aluminum and glass mandala; and a 2 person show at Biscuit Factory Gallery, New Castle upon Tyne, England. She designs and participates in glass fashion shows during Glass Art Society conferences, one of her many glass organization memberships.
Bloch is a craft member of the Guild of Glass Engravers, UK, and an exhibiting member of the Clay and Glass Association, and a member of GLANC. Her work appears in books and periodicals such as Creative Glass by Danijela Kracun & Charles McFadden published by Schiffer Books April, 2010 among others.
She studied painting at Boston University, School of Fine Arts
and hot glass and sculpture at Alfred University receiving a BFA.
She lives in Eureka, Ca.