Member Profile profile for Catherine Newton
My current work investigates how sculptural objects in glass can embody a sense of maternal love and intimacy. It explores how the materiality of glass, its formal and metaphorical potential can convey the connection between mother and child, informed by psychological theories of ‘nature versus nurture’ through ideas of touch. Discovering ways to represent the physical and emotional connection of a mother and child through touch, specifically the act of hugging. I have produced a body of work that represents maternal love and intimacy in the form of hot formed blown glass hugs and cast glass hugs. Not everyone has a positive experience with motherhood or being mothered, but I hope that the viewer can feel some of my warmth and passion that is embodied in my work. As a practising glass artist I hope to raise awareness of the important role mothers have in today’s society.
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