Artist Statement: Michelle Hamilton, owner of Zaximo Studios, is a contemporary glass artist. Her passion for botanicals and oceanic sea life lends itself to a collection of glass forms that celebrate complex layering of form, space and shadowing. Their format and design pay homage to the stratified components found in natural sea life and horticultural beds. Michelle describes her glass compositions as sculptural vessels. They investigate motion of wind and water combined with flowing configurations and radial symmetry found in botanicals and sea forms.
Michelle’s glass art is created using fused glass techniques, lamp-working and ceramic engineering. The work is layered and stacked to enhance and increase the depth and negative space that is exposed by organic openings. These holes naturally occur in glass that is encouraged to draw and flow through the use of combined pieces of glass melting in a kiln atmosphere. The outcome of these assembled forms draw the viewer’s eye into a curious observation of colors and silhouettes peeking out through parallel, negative spaces. The translucent and opaque colors are used to create loft and additional depth that not only celebrates the alluring draw of glass but also creates the illusion of a new material that softens with a skin like quality. But most exciting is the creation of a fourth dimension generated by both shadows and reflected, translucent colors that strata themselves on the wall, ceiling and horizontal platforms. The manifestation of floating off the mounted element compels a feeling of motion and elegant growth found in our natural surroundings.
Michelle’s award winning art has been featured in magazines, books, in national shows and is found in both corporate and private collections. She was named as one of the international faces in “emerging ideas in new glass concepts and construction” at the international Bi-annual Bullseye show in Portland Oregon.
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