Fascinated by the phenomenal nuances of refracted light and shadow, and how this affects our perception of the world, I attempt to harness this playful transience when making art. Often amplified by subtly changing natural sunlight, sometimes working with reflection, creating portals in an attempt to understand what it is to be human.
Recent work has evolved from revisiting place and landscape that inspires me, reconnecting anew with ideas and inspiration, dynamic interactive ‘ways of being’ that exist in three layers —identity, awareness and navigation. And also in three dimensions – ways of feeling, ways of relating to others, and ways of doing.
Ideas emerge through daily walking, experimentation in making, drawing, filming, photographing, glass play, dialogue and input from community.
Chris Bird-Jones studied stained-glass at Swansea School of Art then an MA in Glass at the Royal College of Art. Her academic career included leading Glass Departments at Wrexham, Swansea and Wolverhampton Universities. She currently practices from her studio based in Swansea, UK, is a Creative Wales Ambassador, and active member of the Women’s International Glass Workshop and Culture Declares Emergency.
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