Christina Bothwell

2008

1st Place recipient

In my work I am drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal. What lies below the surface fascinates me and I try to capture the qualities of the "unseen" that express the sense of wonder that I feel in my daily existence. I am attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light. 

My subject matter includes babies, animals, and children as they embody the essence of vulnerability that is the underlying theme in my work. Currently I am exploring metamorphosis as a topic, and have been incorporating figures within figures in my pieces. Within each glass figure there is a smaller figure seen through the surface of the glass. 

I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.

  • Tree

    Tree 55x17x10" 2007

    Cast glass, pit-fired raku clay

  • Birth

    Birth 21x19x19" 2007

    Cast glass, pit-fired raku clay, oil paints

  • Portrait of a Hypochondriac

    Portrait of a Hypochondriac 44x27x29" 2007

    Cast glass, pit-fired raku clay, oil paints, porch spindles, wood

  • While You Sleep

    While You Sleep 9x19x8" 2007

    Cast glass, pit fired raku clay

  • Phoenix

    Phoenix 60x33x21" 2007

    Cast glass, pit fired raku clay, oil paints, wood

  • Jackalope

    Jackalope 55x38x19" 2007

    Cast glass, pit fired raku clay, oil paints, wood

  • Jackalope (detail)

    Jackalope (detail) 55x38x19" 2007

    Cast glass, pit fired raku clay, oil paints, wood

  • This Much I Know is True

    This Much I Know is True 77x23x9" 2007

    Cast glass, raku clay, oil paints, wood

  • This Much I Know is True (detail)

    This Much I Know is True (detail) 77x23x9" 2007

    Cast glass, raku clay, oil paints, wood

  • True Love

    True Love 42x8x7" 2008

    Cast glass, pit fired raku clay, oil paints