My work explores the properties of glass, to activate a dialogue between natural phenomena and the man-made. Reflecting on the ways structural design in contemporary architecture draws inspiration from nature, I use biomimicry as a point of departure. I am particularly interested in the way soap bubbles connect to each other, and create a unique framework. Combining my passion for glass blowing with this approach to systems in nature, I create works that merge the materiality and property of glass with the structure of the connections between the bubbles. The work are models of mixed processes generating an interchange between nature and the man-made. They combine the transformative properties of glass with the formal parameters of shape and volume imposed upon the material through the manufacturing techniques.
Rob Schwartz is an American glass artist currently studying for his Master of Visual Arts at the School of Art, Australian National University. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass and Visual Communications from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Before coming to Australia he completed an internship at STARworks, Star, North Carolina, and worked as a production glass blower at Flame Run Studio and Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky. Since arriving in Australia, Rob has also assisted various artists at the Canberra Glassworks and the School of Art. He was commissioned by the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services for blown glass components as part of a refurbishing project around the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He hopes to remain in Australia to continue his art practice in glass after the completion of his degree in 2017.
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