Thoryn Ziemba, Glass Studio Production Manager

Much of my early inspiration for sculpture was informed by my childhood, being raised by back-to-the-land hippies. Though we eventually had to move to a city, my early memories of those wild, idyllic years have always been fresh in my mind and lead to my attempts at an Edenic return to these elements through working with the lava-like raw materials of molten glass.

However, moving to a city also influenced my creative ideas. The graffiti and other street arts I was seeing regularly as an adolescent made me see the natural urge to create, still present in urban and suburban human beings. Graffiti artist seemed concerned with exploring the space that existed between what they create and the audience's interpretation of their creation, something that would come to inform my work.

As an artist, I view my role to not only challenge the perspective of the viewer in my creations themselves, but also challenge it by combining two seemingly disparate elements (natural raw materials and urban style) to see similarities in both. The viewer has brought an entire amalgam of their own unique moments up to the point of viewing the piece and by using form in a non-representational, non-abstract way, I am asking the viewer to make his or her own identifying assignments. Instead of laying out elemental symbols for a viewer to breadcrumb back to the beginning, I am seeking to ask questions from the very elements themselves.

My method for doing this is by using a constructive technique with glass whereby I blend architectural references and the form of graffiti you may find on those same buildings to evoke the sense of humanity both display.

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