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Alexis Silk

Mattson's Fine Art introduces Alexis Silk. This young sculptor is breaking exciting ground with dramatic new works in blown glass and metal that are at once timeless and thought provoking. Emerging from the intersection of the artist's fascination with the human figure, passion for her molten medium, and desire for conceptual expression, the work also exhibits surprising maturity and depth. Her recent pieces show inspiration from the glass masters of Murano with whom she has been working for the past two years.

Technically, Alexis is pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Her glass figures and heads are sculpted entirely free-hand while the glass is hot on the end of blowpipe or punty rod. Her work ranges in scale from full figures just inches tall to life size torsos hanging in six-foot-high steel frames. Her largest figures are close to half her body weight and require a team of six skillful assistants to handle the glass while she sculpts it.

Alexis describes the source of her inspiration as all around her. The human figure in its many forms is a window and connection to our humanity (and our divinity). The tension and interdependence of society and the individual is the milieu with in which we live. There is always ambiguity. Power, for example, can be expressed as ugly, demeaning and objectifying, or it can be beautiful, strong and joyful.

Alexis captures these concepts in a masterful juxtaposition of the fluidity and translucence of glass with the rigidity and strength of cast iron and steel. Her sculptures combine intrinsic beauty and whimsy with meaningful comment on human nature and society. Her hanging figures are an eloquent example. The glass simultaneously appears like skin and evokes a sense of something superficially applied, like a garment. Cast iron “meat” hooks are a visceral comment on objectification of the body. The color on the interior of the torso being different than the exterior color suggests that if one goes below surface appearance there is more to be discovered. Steel frames represent the conceptual boxes of perception with in which society confines us.

Since receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Alexis has continued to study with glass masters such as Afro Celotto, Pino Signoretto, Richard Royal and Boyd Sugiki. S he has been working full time as an artist since 2006. Today she has work in galleries, private collections and fine art shows throughout the United States and Europe .

ARTIST’S STATEMENT
Alexis Silk works in molten glass and metal to create figurative work that’s timeless yet thought provoking. A student of human form, she combines close knowledge of anatomy with a passion for fire and an unquenchable thirst for meaning.

Technically, Alexis is pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Her glass figures are sculpted entirely free‐hand while the glass is hot on the end of blowpipe or punty rod. With work ranging in scale to life size torsos hanging in six-foot tall steel frames, her largest figures are close to half her body weight and take a team of five or six assistants to handle the glass while she sculpts it. For her cast metal pieces she pours the molten bronze or iron.

While making intrinsically beautiful objects, Alexis explores issues of human nature, society, and the relationship of humans, nature and industry. Her hanging figures, for example, are an eloquent exploration of objectification of the body. The glass simultaneously appears like skin and evokes a sense of something superficially applied, like a garment. Cast iron “meat” hooks are a visceral comment on objectification of the body. The color on the interior of the torso being different than the exterior color suggests that if one goes below surface appearance there is more to be discovered. Steel frames represent conceptual boxes of perception that society puts us in.

Since receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, Alexis has continued to study with glass masters such as Pino Signoretto, Richard Royal and Boyd Sugiki. She has been working full time as an artist since 2006. Today she has work in museums, galleries, private collections and fine art shows around the country.

 

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