Artist and glass worker Claudia Whitten produces powerful glass artefacts. Claudia embraces the smooth formal aspects of the material itself while exploring the myriad ways in which the color and pattern can be altered and designed.
I really appreciate the works in Claudia’s recent Fractal Series – with these works, the artist seems to utilize novel painting techniques to build up abstract surfaces on both wall-hanging and more sculptural forms. Patterns that call to mind veins, cracks in ice, or tree branches are created from the paint channels in a sponge or ball-up cloth. Layered over monochromatically colored, or milky white glass, they have a wonderfully ethereal effect.
As we explored in our previous feature of Claudia’s kilnformed glass art, there’s something deeply satisfying about the smooth, rounded forms of Claudia’s ceramics. Even her wall-hangings have slightly rounded edges making them look less sharp and imposing, and instead, friendly or even time-worn.