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.

  • While You Sleep

    While You Sleep 9x19x8" 2007

    Cast glass, pit-fired raku clay

  • Birth

    Birth 21x19x19" 2007

    Cast glass, pit-fired raku clay, oil paints

  • Carousel

    Carousel 41x14.5x15" 2007

    Cast glass, pit-fired raku clay, oil paints, table legs, wood