After her recent residency at the Museum of Glass, multi-media artist Ann Gardner has returned to her roots with “Air Water Earth.” Inspired by the large amount of time she spends in the water, she sought to create bubble-like forms. They are intentionally imperfect, as is nature, and created with breath, another element essential to sustaining life. These hanging forms remind her of the purity and simplicity she finds in glass, and the effortless way the medium helps her to express herself.
Through her mosaic works, Gardner is able to express the complexity of light and the way in which it interacts with glass and the environment. Her panels flicker and seem to move with you. Each sculpture will transform itself depending on the location and time of day. Light becomes an integral and essential aspect of the works.
Continuing her expression of the natural world around her, Gardner has captured the freedom of organic forms in bronze, a combination of natural elements itself. Her textured, delicate vine-like forms coil in and out of each other, as if they are resting in the midst of their growth. With bronze she is able to provide permanence to the creations she witnesses daily in her surrounding landscapes.
Ann Gardner has won numerous awards, and her work is included in numerous major collections, including the National Museum of American Art, the American Craft Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Racine Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and the Seattle Art Museum.