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  • Stephanie Chubbuck - Glass sculpture

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

1969 Born in Middletown, CT

 

EDUCATION

1994, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculptural Glass, Boston, MA
1994 Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Metalsmithing, Boston, MA
1994, Pilchuck Glass School, Juried and Scholarship Summer session, Stanwood, WA 


ARTIST STATEMENT

"My series of surrealist figurative fruit combines imagery drawn from traditional still life paintings and figure sculpture.  The pairing of materials, that are both organic and industrial, illustrates my fascination with the rough edges of human nature and the physical body.

 

I refer to these works a figurative because although they literally embody the shape of pears and peaches, they imply physical and emotional humanity.  Exquisite exaltation and agony often exist together in response to the processes of life and are far more than the sum of the their discordant parts.

 

My illustrations of these conditions employ the fruit as personification.  Glass is chosen for its sensual surface, with added industrial elements such as zippers or hardware that are utilized as an embellishment.

 

The objects further imply a dual identity, as a first glance, the objects appear to be enticing and simply conventionally beautiful.  This seduction is imperative as the viewer further examines the pieces and a more specific psychology is revealed.

 

By visually combining the organic with the imposed, the soft and the hard, the natural and the commercial, a conceptual transformation takes place.  My objective is to elicit recognition of corporeal and emotional conditions that are unsettling, erotic, humorous, enticing, or a combination of these things."

 

 

ABOUT THE PROCESS

 

"The fruit is produced in blown glass, which is then cold worked to achieve the cuts and the installing of the clothing closures and other mixed media.

 

The color is a result of the use of powdered pigment which is added to the layers of glass during the shaping in the hot glass shop.  The process gives depth to the color as it sits between the layers of glass.  The effect is skin-like, similar to the way natural pearls have depth and an orient of light.

 

The cuts are made using diamond impregnated dental tools and a jeweler's drill.  This essentially sands and grinds the surface away by increments.  The process is time consuming but results in precise complex cuts on the three dimensional surface which would not be possible by any other method."

 

 

 

SELECT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

The Fidelity Collection, Boston, MA

The Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MA

Simon Corporation, chestnut Hill, MA

 

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

 

1999 Artist Workspace and Housing Grant, $100,000, courtesy of Watermark Development/ The City of Boston/ The Department of Neighborhood Development

1994 Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood,WA

1994 Class of 1941 Award for Overall Academic Excellence, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

1994 Outstanding Senior, Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of  Art, Boston, MA

1993 The Maggie Krebs Gift, Commemorative Scholarship, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

 

 

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

 

"Reworking the Masters: Chubbuck's Sensual Pears," The Boston Globe, April 23, 1998

"The deCordova Annual," Sculpture Magazine, January/February, 1999

"Artful First Lady Lends Hand at Fundraising Gala," The Boston Herald, December 6, 1998

 

 

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

 

2009 "More Fresh Fruit," Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters and the NEw Center for Arts and Culture, Newton, MA

2005 "Fresh Fruit," Arden Gallery, Boston, MA

2005 "Whatever Meredyth Wants," Gallery Naga, Boston, MA

2004 "Sexy Sustenance," Lillian Imig Gallery, Boston, MA

1999 "Re-presenting Representation IV," Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York

1998 "The deCordova Annual Exhibition," The deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

1995 The cutting Edge," The Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA

1995 "Works of the Body," The Society of  Arts and Craft, Boston, MA