Matthew Paskiet
Holland, OH
www.firenation.com
“Facet Seascape Sculpture 2″ Glass Blown by Matthew Paskiet 12.5″x6.25″x3.25” $1,800

Artist Statement:

I see the artist as creator. We take raw material and transform it into objects that hold aesthetic significance, creating beauty from virtually nothing. Despite my critical eye, a sense of wonder emerges every time I cast my first gaze upon a finished piece. The object I hold in my hand today was nothing more than an idea and a pool of molten liquid yesterday.

I choose to work in glass because of its complex nature and rich history. There is something primitive and raw about many of the tools and applications, but the results are often delicately subtle and elegant. Variations in opacity and transparency capture and transform light passing through a given piece, creating an ever changing experience and individual journey. There are few materials that allow for this kind of fluidity and sensual landscape.

My creative style is generally vivacious yet impulsive. It tends to lean towards the abstract and decorative, utilizing shape and color to generate a reaction. Often, new ideas are formed through the internalization of my daily experiences. These seeds take root through experimentation, research and planning, resulting in variations which are loosely tied to the initial idea. Various series like Murrini Madness, Little Bang, Spiderweb, and Nebula involve the chaos of movement and the creation of something out of nothing. All using gravity as the main force. A recent series of work titled “Murrini Madness” is intensely populated with a variety of floral and swirling linear elements. The density and congestion of these pieces relates to an earlier project titled “99 Blackbirds”. Both series communicate a sense of strength in numbers, unity and diversity. In short they both represent community and family. More often than not, these re-occurring themes blossom in most of my artistic creations.

To me art is a merger between the artist, their experiences and an interpretation of their relationships. A place where the internal, be it cognitive or subconscious, gels with raw external materials. This process of thoughtfully combining the internal and external is the function of the artist. And the result…is ‘living’ art.

About Seascape Series:

Thousands of species depend on the coral reefs of the world for shelter, food, and protection from predators. This Seascape series was inspired by my life time love of scuba diving and the great Monterrey Bay Aquarium. While ideal to view nature in its natural setting the slow invasion of man has made that severely limited for water lovers. This series has taken everything that I experienced on my travels, every color, every form, and transmuted them into glass. While the diversity of color in glass is sometimes limited the range of hues in sea life is limitless. With my work I have tried to immortalize the beauty of the reefs that I have experienced, keeping them alive as they begin to disappear.

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