ARTIST'S STATEMENT-SUSAN GOTT
ABOUT THE WORK
My work embodies my interest in mythological imagery, symbolism, and
philosophies from historic and ancient cultures as I investigate these ideas
using glass as a sculptural medium. The elements of this ancient, visual
language express the union of human being and nature. These images have
become enmeshed in my thought and in my art to create a new mythos in glass.
My sources of inspiration seem endless. I am intensly interested in archeology and the rituals and art
of various world religions. Some of the additional influences include the work of Joseph Campbell,
the figurines of ancient Eastern Europe, the symbolism found in Indonesian and African masks, the
mysteries of the Celts, the myths of ancient Greece, the belief systems of Native American, and the
energy centers of the Chakras.
The resulting glass, with primitive qualities and metaphors, are a visual re?????????presentation of the
cycles of life. The human form becomes a vessel for connection to Spirit. These investigations
have opened new sources of inspiration for my work and strengthened a connection between my art
and that, which is timeless.
ABOUT THE PROCESS
The art works evolve from my research and drawings as they give rise to the development of forms
and figures. I construct molds using one or more techniques for glass casting. Sand casting
combines my aesthetic concerns and allows an articulate yet raw method of expressing an ancient
connection to the contemporary.
I frequently work with a rigid sand mold technique, for it allows me to work on a large scale, carve
directly into the sand mold, and ?????????paint????????? images with powdered glass The casting process is intense
and involves ladling the molten glass directly from the furnace at 2400?????? F. Images, inclusions, and
?????????windows????????? are planned and created in advance, however the ?????????parts????????? must be placed into the glass
while it is still molten. Intuitive decisions must be made as I manipulate the hot glass before it cools.
Timing, temperature, equipment and the casting team must be
accurate and organized.
There is a vast amount of preparation and finish work that goes into
each cast glass sculpture. After the annealing or cooling process, the
sand mold is removed, the mold is destroyed and no two pieces are
alike. The glass must be coldworked, and hand-ground and polished.
The glass reveals itself in layers, diffusing and reflecting light,
exposing and disguising the interior. The surfaces are enhanced with
enamels, copper, gold leaf, patinas and etching. I enjoy combining
glass, steel, and stone to bring yet another natural element to the
finished glass sculpture