Nanci Schrieber-Smith (Brea, California)
As a multidisciplinary artist, my processes have evolved full-circle from glass, to mixed media assemblage, to painting, and now back to a sculptural approach to working with glass.
I use the process of sustainable re-purposing to give new form and new meaning to the debris of our civilization. I assemble unwanted “orphaned” glass items into new “families”. Glass that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
My adopting and my composing both occur as an intuitive process of discovery. I often include additional items which I can lead the viewer towards a deeper interpretation, but quite often these resulting glass forms can indirectly reference monuments, architecture, totems, trophies, shrines, mythological places, futuristic landscapes and sometimes just beautiful forms.
These artworks celebrate a new approach to working with glass beyond the traditions of studio (hot) glass and beyond the traditions of glass as a functional craft. These assemblages are permanently bonded and use cold glass working processes except for when the kiln fired glass painted images are included.