Growth And Form: Glass And Silk Sculptures · Sara Bakken

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Growth And Form: Glass And Silk Sculptures · Sara Bakken
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University City Arts League says
March 27 - April 24, 2015
Opening reception: March 27, 6-8pm

Artist Statement:

Glass is a material that naturally gives reference to the biological world. At a molten liquid state, glass has the ability to expand, contract and move. Silk is a material that is delicate, yet tough, organic and resilient. By combining these materials through a process of accumulation, these objects begin to project ideas of growth, development and reproduction. Mysterious ecosystems filled with life forms of all different shapes, sizes and colors are a common inspiration for me. They carry many properties of beauty. The world beneath the water's shore, visions of microscopic life and clusters of fungi in a forest are all important sources in my art making. My work represents a desire for the exotic and the unknown.
Sara Bakken is a Philadelphia based artist working in glass and silk. After graduating from The University of the Arts with a degree in Crafts and Material Studies, her aquatic-inspired sculptures and wall pieces have been featured in various art galleries in the Philadelphia region as well as in New Jersey beach destinations. Her work was also featured in the prominent exhibition "The Art of Shibori: from the Silk Road to Now", at the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, China. This marks her first international exhibition. Sara had also lent her imagination and skill set to produce the sets and costumes for the International Opera Theater’s Production of Decameron. She was the recipient of a Kimmel Scholarship and most recently won the Surface Design Association's Professional Grant, as well as the Juror's Award for the National Liberty Museum's Annual Glass Now Auction.
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By: University City Arts League

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