blown glass • paintings on glass
In addition to my single blown glass forms of fruit, glass platters and vases, I also create sculptural environments that make a comment on universal experiences usually on domestic themes. My research, ideas and concepts come from life observations. These sculptures are small worlds and landscape portraits with life-sized objects and sometimes tiny silver people. They create a surrealistic time and place. I also make bowls of realistic fruit and bowls of vegetables. My sculptures combine glass, wood and silver, as seen in the series I call "Pear in a Chair" and "Wedding Pair". These are made with the collaboration of my husband John Martner who fabricates the tiny wood chairs and love seats. Painting with low fire glass paints and fusing them on tiles, glass and blown glass, creating landscapes of the prairie seen from my studio window, areas around Wisconsin and visions of landscapes from my many travels, has been a recent addition to my work in glass.
Our studio is an old renovated cheese factory with posters, photos and lots of space for my creative work. Along with a glass blowing studio on the first floor, there is my husband's wood shop and my painting studio upstairs.
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- by Bruce Pepich, Director of Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine,Wisconsin. "Artist Audrey Handler transforms scenes and objects from daily life into surrealistic theater. Handler's juxtaposing insect-sized figures with life-sized fruit injects an air of wit, where people dash about amid giant fruit and tableware. The viewer finds an amusing and elegant surrealistic world reminiscent of the businessmen and fruit found in the paintings of Rene Magritte."
- by Paul Vickers Gardner, Curator Emeritus and Former Consultant of Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. "This talented artist's sculptural concepts reveal a keen insight and interest in our everyday lives. In fact, she puts real life into 'Still-Life'."
- by James Auer Art critic, the Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, WI. "Audrey Handler creates bizarre Lilliputian landscapes that evoke universal human emotions and experiences. Combined with a neat sense of humor, it permits her to invest her work with a cutting satirical edge, to the point where her miniaturized depictions...of scenes...become winning little exercises in small-town surrealism."
Award: The Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award, 5/16/14
DEMONSTRATION: I will be describing the glass blowing techniques and the tools and equipment needed to run a studio. A video of my glass blowing will be available. I will be happy to answer all questions on the mechanics and business aspects of operating a glass studio.
STUDIO ACCESS: The blowing room and work room are on ground level. The gallery is one step up but can be reached on a moderately level surface by going around the side of the building on the grass and entering through a side door.
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