Classic Baubles and Foliage Encircle the Enchanting Glass Dioramas of Artist Amber Cowan



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#Amber Cowan
#flowers
#discovered objects
#glass
#narrative
#sculpture

September 23, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Fountain with Followers in River and Jade” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 
22 x 19 x 6 1/2 inches. All pictures courtesy of Heller Gallery, shared with permission

In her solo present Gathering the Sky, Mining the MilkAmber Cowan emphasizes the legacy of coloration. By intricately layered dioramas of pressed glass, the Philadelphia-based artist explores the histories of lavender, jade, and opaque white. Her assemblages meld customized and located items sourced from primarily defunct factories in the US, lots of which produced a particular palette of colours just like the sky blue of “Ecco to the Bridesmaid: ‘I Know Not What Has Occurred to Your Pod.” Comprised of two symmetrically formed panels, the diptych blends an array of supplies and generational references, together with the 1992 Sega online game Ecco the Dolphin and the logo of Louis Consolation Tiffany, the artist behind the enduring opalescent stained glass lamps.

Just like Cowan’s earlier works, these new reliefs are brimming with foliage, flowers, and small baubles that encircle a scenic element embedded within the middle. Figurative statues just like the artist’s recurring bridesmaid character, miniature hen sculptures, chalices, and Greco-style columns infuse the items with narrative element.

Gathering the Sky, Mining the Milk is on view by way of November 19 at Heller Gallery in New York. Discover extra of Cowan’s work on Instagram.

 

“Ecco to the Bridesmaid: ‘I Know Not What Has Occurred to Your Pod’” (2022), 
flameworked American pressed glass, blended media
, 33 x 48 x 8 inches

“Powder Field and Providing in River and Jade” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 18 1/2 x 16 x 8 inches

Element of “Ecco to the Bridesmaid: ‘I Know Not What Has Occurred to Your Pod’” (2022), 
flameworked American pressed glass, blended media
, 33 x 48 x 8 inches

“Hummingbirds with Column in Helio and Lavender” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 
19 x 16 x 8 inches

Element of “Powder Field and Providing in River and Jade” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 18 1/2 x 16 x 8 inches

“Pen & Cygnet Swimming in Sky” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 
21 x 17 1/2 x 7 inches

“Cherries in Milk with Creamer and Compote” (2022), flameworked American pressed glass, blended media
, 19 x 16 x 8 inches

“Simplicity in Bittersweet Orange, Lemon and Mandarin” (2022), 
flameworked American pressed glass, blended media, 
28 x 38 x 10 inches

#Amber Cowan
#flowers
#discovered objects
#glass
#narrative
#sculpture

 

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