Shayna Leib has been under the spell of hot, molten glass since observing a glass blowing demonstration when she was seven years old. Growing up thinking about glass, learning about glass and now working with glass has culminated in a body of work that wakes you up, quiets you down, makes you smile and begs to be questioned by curious and delighted viewers.
Antilles, 2008 each square is 6″x6″
Details from Antilles
She uses glass “not for its mimetic quality to capture the look of stone or plastic, but for its most unique properties; the inclination to flow, the capacity to freeze a moment in time, and its ability to manipulate optics.” Pictured here are images from the Wind and Water series (make sure you look at all of the images – simply beautiful). Leib effectively tricks our eye into believing that the hard, cold glass is moving…flowing…cascading down the wall and into our consciousness.
Scirocco, 2005 and detail from Scirocco
I have a love/hate relationship with fire. I was haunted by extreme nightmares about fire, yet it held an irresistible pull. I’m drawn to it divinely.
Leib describes her process here and don’t miss the Organelle series of vessels. You can read more about this multi-talented artist in this Fall 2008 CalPoly News article.