NP Studios in Passaic welcomes another new fantastic artist and medium….glass! Please enjoy the fantastic works by Stephanie Baness and visit her website for more information.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford.
I am inspired by the world around me and personal events in my life. Sometimes that results in an introspective reflection on personal matters and other times it is an external response to what is going on in the world. Being an American who relocated to Canada means I am starting over at a mature age. The glass houses I construct demonstrate my feelings of being uprooted and trying to resettle in a new place. In addition to telling my own story, I am also motivated to create work that represents what is happening in my new town. Watching farm fields being bulldozed to prepare for subdivisions stimulates me to add another dimension to my work in response to my surroundings.
I work in glass because it is full of dualities: reflective/translucent, opaque/clear, strong/fragile. These dualities give another layer to my work that allows the viewer to delve deeper. Because glass has these inherent properties, the conversation gains another level. Also, given my subject matter of houses and home, using glass to fabricate the pieces immediately shows the inherent fragility in the piece as in life. Having a home is not guaranteed; your situation can be precarious and change in an instant.
As I continue to explore the role of houses in the community and my life, I am compelled to make installations of similarly sized houses to imitate rampant homogenized building without regard to personal differences. I also continue to emulate my feelings of belonging and creating community through my work.