Imaginary Botanicals: Sculptures in Glass by Kathleen Elliot at IMAS
McAllen, TX- The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is pleased to present Imaginary Botanicals: Sculptures in Glass by Kathleen Elliot, an exhibition of works from the last decade by California-based artist Kathleen Elliot in the Central Gallery of IMAS from May 20 through September 10, 2017. Elliot creates sculptures out of flame worked glass, using a variety of botanical forms including leaves, flowers, fruits, pods, and vines that convey a sense of fantasy and mystery.
Her work has moved from the representational to the imaginary, in which plant forms incorporate human characteristics and convey a sense of fantasy and mystery. Her sculptures are modern studio glass, a blend of art, science, and technological innovation that embrace the notion of glass as a medium for creative expression, in contrast to its use in industrial production.
Prior to being an artist, she had a career as a hairstylist; then built a career in organizational development. In 1991, an invitation from a friend to try glasswork in his garage paved the way to a new life. Elliot took to working with glass immediately and began teaching herself the art of making glass beads, which she pursued for the next eight years. This introduction to flame work, working with a torch directly on glass, was to serve as the basis for her future sculptural projects.
Elliot took her first glassblowing workshop in 1996 and studied art at De Anza College. She attended the Pilchuck Glass School for three summers where she studied with leading glass artists Laura Donefer, Robert Mickelsen, and Shane Fero. The Imaginary Botanical series explores and plays with the notion of imagination, using whatever ideas struck her: a plant and cyclone hybrid, a botanical giraffe, a plant ballerina. It’s a fun series.
The exhibition Imaginary Botanicals: Sculptures in Glass by Kathleen Elliot is organized through Katherine T. Carter & Associates. Join us for all of our new programs and activities! General admission is FREE for IMAS Members; $7/Adult; $5/Senior or Student with ID; $4/Child (4-12). Ask us about our Museums for All program. For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit www.theimasonline.org.