artist spotlight
Kathryn Aubrey

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in conversation with Kathryn Aubrey

What does it mean to you to join the North Lands Creative network and be part of building a community for glass?

 

After participating in a residency at North Lands and taking part in two exhibitions, I better understand their commitment to the glass community through the development and promotion of ideas, skill building (courses and residencies), as well as providing a space for glass artists to connect and network.

 

Tell us about your work. What influences translate into your art practice?

 

My work is continuously evolving. I am influenced by just about anything – my life experiences, the imagery of nature, other artists, etc. I think everything I see and experience in life influences my art in some way, whether directly or indirectly.

 

Has this changed the way you approach your work?

 

The approach to my work has not fundamentally changed, however, it has become more tightly focused in my striving to refine influences and ideas into a vocabulary of my own.

 

What initially captured your imagination about glass?

 

I think that on some level I have always been attracted to glass. I dove into kilnformed glass after having dabbled first with stained glass and mosaics.

 

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

 

The act of making allows you to create something in which you leave a part of yourself, when transmitting your vision and language into the work. Handmade is original and cannot be duplicated.

 

What was your route to becoming an artist?

 

I tried out many art mediums by taking classes and have an Associate of Arts degree from Sheridan College. After retiring from Dental Hygiene, I was able to focus more on my art which previously had taken a back seat.

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What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques?

 

I use a mixture of different kilnformed glass techniques and am increasingly exploring the use of mixed media in my projects.

 

How would you describe your work and where do you think it fits within the sphere of contemporary glass?

 

My work is mostly non-functional and evolving more and more into the organic sculptural realm.

 

Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?

 

 My studio is conveniently located in my basement with a door to the outside allowing students direct access. I pull my own murrini, screenprint and make my own molds. Living in the outskirts of Munich, Germany provides me access to a large supply of craft people and guilds for collaborating with.

 

What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?

 

Big city graffiti artists such as those working in New York City and Berlin inspire me, I find them to be incredibly fresh and thought provoking.

I am also inspired by the artists of the Blaue Reiter Movement (The Blue Rider); Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter, and August Macke because of their spiritual and symbolic associations of color and the emotions they elicit in me.

 

How are you experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic in your country? To what extent has your everyday life as an artist changed in lockdown?

 

The Covid-19 pandemic lockdown measures in Germany were pretty strict and generally upheld by the population. As I mentioned earlier, I mostly work alone in my studio in my basement, so that didn’t change. What changed is that most everything else fell away as far as obligations upon my time, freeing me up to spend dedicated time creating. An increased offering of Online Webinars and Online Exhibits has been an unexpected benefit rising from the pandemic lockdowns for me.

 

 

Kathryn Aubrey

My explorations in glass attempt to convey a sense of transition and discovery, while focusing on cultural identities. The viewer is challenged to examine fixed perceptions that relate to the dynamics of identity and culture.

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