Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
Moderator: Francesca Giubilei, Curator, Director of Sparc*-Spazio Arte Contemporanea and Co-Founder of VeniceArtFactory and Venice Design Biennial
Deborah Czeresko, Artist
Rosslynd Piggott, Artist
Tina Aufiero, Artist, Educator
In 1989, the collective of feminist artists "The Guerrilla Girls" invaded the streets of New York with posters that denounced gender discrimination in the art system. This performance / protest became the symbol of the fight against women’s artistic talent discrimination, for centuries underestimated in favour of male cultural power.
The possibility and ability to establish oneself artistically, as underlined by many historians, philosophers and art critics, who have questioned the role of women in this sector, is the result of cultural, social and institutional conditioning: art is not an autonomous activity and independent from the historical context in which it is immersed, but it is subject to the forms through which the educational power and the economic, productive and family organisms express themselves.
The world of glass, probably more than others, has shown greater resistance and impermeability to female creativity. Although the artistic glass for many still falls within the applied arts sector (an area in which women have often played a leading role - weaving, ceramics, decoration), the ability to think and create with this material has long remained a masculine prerogative, perhaps also due to a persistent macho rhetoric that flaunts the need for virility for its processing.
The three artists invited to discuss the theme "Women in Glass" (Tina Aufiero, Deborah Czeresko, Rosslynd Piggott), albeit with very different backgrounds and creative outcomes, have made glass one of their privileged expressive materials, helping to unhinge, with their works, some of the forces that still tend to relegate glass to a secondary artistic sphere, preventing it from obtaining proper recognition in the art world.
Francesca Giubilei is an independent curator and conceiver of cultural initiatives. From 2009 to 2013 she has been the project manager and assistant curator of Glasstress and responsible for the development of cultural projects and exhibitions related to the promotion of contemporary art in glass. In 2015 she co-curated the exhibition Within Light-Inside Glass together with Rosa Barovier Mentasti (Venice, Lisbon). In 2017 she co-curated the solo exhibition by Rosslynd Piggott "Garden Fracture / Mirror in Vapour: part 2" at the Museum of Glass in Murano. She currently directs SPARC* - Spazio Arte Contemporanea, a project space dedicated to experimentation and hybridization of the arts in Venice. This year the Corning Glass Museum invited her as one of the four members of the jury for the selection of the glass artworks to be published on the New Glass Review (October 2020 issue).
Deborah Czeresko is an artist living and working in New York City. Czeresko’s art invokes a range of approaches and techniques, including performance and collaboration. The artist began working with glass at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop in 1987 after completing a BA in psychology from Rutgers University and attended graduate school in studio art at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Czeresko has been an instructor and visiting artist at many universities and schools throughout the United States and in Europe, most recently at Tyler School of Arts in Philadelphia, College of Creative Studies in Detroit and LUCA School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium. Czeresko has fabricated glass projects for well known artists such as Robert Gober, Kiki Smith, Lorna Simpson, Mariko Mori and Eric Fischl.
Rosslynd Piggot lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has received wide acclaim, having been represented in over 60 important solo exhibitions and numerous curated events both nationally and internationally. A strong exhibition history beginning in 1981, the artist has maintained a very prolific practice, across multiple disciplines including painting, drawing, object and installation. Piggott’s work is slow and deliberate, often using natural forms and systems as a starting point to engage with the elusive and ungraspable, across a wide range of media and technique. // She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, overseas studios in Italy, Paris, Japan and the UK. In 2011 she held a residency at the British School at Rome. From 2013-14 she was the Australia Council artist in residence at Acme Studio in London. In 2017, she held a solo exhibition "Garden fracture/mirror in vapour: part 2" at Museo del Vetro, Murano, Venice. She has been regularly visiting Murano since 2012, working in collaboration with glass artisans, firstly at Berengo studio, then the mirror making workshop, Ongaro e Fuga supported by VeniceArtFactory. In 2019, the National Gallery of Victoria presented her second survey exhibition for the institution I sense you, but I cannot see you.
Tina Aufiero, Sedro Woolley WA, is an internationally recognized visual artist and educator. Aufiero’s artistic work spans disciplines of craft, sculpture, design and technology. Her works and projects incorporate varied materials and methods. Ideas are woven together through objects pointing to elusive concepts such as desire, happiness and love. She holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Parsons the New School for Design. Aufiero has exhibited and lectured internationally, works are included in the collections of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, The Corning Museum of Glass, Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Switzerland). Awards include a Fulbright Research Grant-Iceland, Technology Initiative Fund NSU, ATT Foundation, Pollack - Krasner Foundation, Penny McCalls Foundation, PS1. Teaching includes Parsons the New School for Design, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Washington, Adobe Youth Voices, Cornish College of the Arts. Her recent professional work was as Artistic Director Pilchuck Glass School 2013 – 2018.
Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
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September 26, 2020 1:12 am local time