I have had a love affair with glass for as long as I can remember. I have always had an overabundance of creative energy, working in various mediums as well as music my whole life, but I always knew glass was the medium I wanted to focus on once I had the time and opportunity. I love the dance of color and light in glass. I always say it's like "playing with rainbows"...how can a person not love that?
Though certainly, some of my work is functional; it is primarily sculptural and distinctly Contemporary. I love to "bust things up" and experiment with textures, giving a very "organic" quality to my pieces. It's not just how the glass looks to me, but also how it feels. In addition to maximizing it's textural qualities, working in abstracts, I work with the light, and the ongoing dance between light and glass that creates magnificent "shadow-plays" of color, shape and design in a space.
Nothing I do is about production. It is ALL about heart, soul and inspiration; which is how SOUL FUSION ARTS got its name. Everything around me, be it natural, industrial or entirely spiritual; I see as a creation in glass. An emotion can evoke an entire concept for a piece. For me, glass is like a living organism and I find that very exciting. Every type of glass has a personality all its own, and sometimes "it decides" what it wants to be. You have to respect the glass and all its characteristics, in order to coax it into something new and unusual. Since I am also a musician, I enjoy time spent at my piano and keyboards. When I'm working with glass, I have music on and in my head. When I'm playing the piano, I have glass ideas going through my head. I have had many people tell me they can feel the musical quality in my art; a fluidity and movement sometimes even lyrical. Finding that intersection of the 2 art forms is what really brings glass to life for me and I think what makes it connect to others.
My work is greatly influenced by the natural landscapes of the Sonoran Desert. Arizona has such amazing textures and colors in the mountains and rock formations, the rich minerals, the canyons... I believe art touches each of us in ways we don't even realize. There is such intense beauty in everything around us and too often, people take that for granted. They become accustomed to seeing it every day. But for me, it is constantly changing with the light throughout the day, throughout the year....and I am in constant awe. I hope my work will open people's eyes to the beauty in the world around them; the textures, the colors, the light, the landscape.
I believe art in all its forms has a great capacity to heal; not just individuals but the brokenness of our world. I was always very involved in social justice and environmental activism work as well as foster parenting teens and rescue animals (all of which I adopted!) The intersection of art meeting with the mind+spirit+body connection is extremely powerful. I found it very effective in the work I was doing.
I am currently writing a book using my art as a metaphor for my journey through life.
I don't "make art". I create pieces that create something in me. It feeds my soul. For me, being in the process that connects to a special, almost sacred space deep within that allows me to create; brings me into a deeper connection with the Divine. Art is a very necessary, spiritual and meditative process for me. We all need to find our inner voice.
Mine has always told me to do 2 things in life 1.) to help make the world a better place and 2.) to release joy and beauty into the world. Art is a great connector. It is my sincerest wish that somehow I can contribute at least in some small way to bringing light, joy, and mutual understanding in our world through the beauty and appreciation of art.
Sculptural Fused Glass Artist - CarrieAnn Therese
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Soul Fusion Arts
WVAC "West Valley Arts Council" -
WHAM "What's Happennin' Art Movement" -
SAL "Sonoran Arts League"
AGA Arizona Glass Alliance
AAA Arizona Art Alliance -
Shemer Art Museum
PCA Glass Instructor - Phoenix Center for the Arts
2016- Las Vegas International Juried Fine Art Competition
Judges Red Brush Award Recipient
2017 - CAPTURE AND CREATE EXHIBIT
Honorable Mention Award Recipient
2017 - National Liberty Museum Glass Gala
2017 - featured on Australian/PBS Television Series
"Colour In Your Life"
2018 - National Liberty Museum Glass Gala
2019 - TAFFY GLASSTM added to permanent display for innovative technique at National Liberty Museum - Philadelphia, PA
2019 - National Liberty Museum Glass Gala