"EMBELLISH" - Laura Murdoch
Thursday, June 8, 2017 to Sunday, July 2, 2017
This solo exhibition by Vancouver glassblower artist Laura Murdoch features an intricate and labor-intensive exploration of the relationship between layers of patterned color.
Laura uses large timeless shapes as blank canvases on which to “paint” her patterns onto glass through sand-carving, creating one layer at a time. She then marries the seemingly unrelated patterns and pieces into an exuberant, extravagant, elegant, cohesive whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts. Each piece takes shape over the course of one to three weeks, and may have as many as 100 hours invested.
Murdoch learned to sculpt and blow glass over a ten-year period with the William Morris Team at Pilchuck Glass School, and Scavo Studio, both in Washington State. After returning to Vancouver in 2011, she took a sabbatical from glass to undertake a certificate in building construction and architectural CAD to further her ability to compete for public art installations. Over this 4-year period away from glass, Laura discovered her creative force not only still simmered deep in her psyche, but had expanded exponentially since her years at Pilchuck, and there was more yet to be expressed. Embellish is the stunning representation of that creative fire.
Among her many achievements and awards is the crowning honor of winning an international competition to design “Tapestry”, three massive chandeliers for the Roselle Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware, rising to the top of over 100 international submissions.