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"Documents Northwest: The Poncho Series - Anna Skibska's con"
2001-08-09 until 2002-02-01
Seattle Art Museum
Anna Skibska is a Polish artist who lives in Seattle several months of the year. She uses the
flameworking or lampworking glass technique, in which glass rods are heated over a gas torch or
burner and shaped while hot. Skibska stretches the hot glass into thin, spidery lines; her signature
works can be created with only three items: a rod of glass, a blowtorch, and a pair of tweezers.
Skibska creates her work in a completely unconventional way. Her method is so unorthodox that
Bullseye Glass, a glass factory in Portland, Oregon, manufactured a new product for her to use.
Skibska has already become an important member of the Seattle glass community, although she
has only been in the U.S. for about five years. She has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, had
several exhibitions at William Traver Gallery, and this summer mounted her first exhibition in
Marge Levy, former executive director of the Pilchuck Glass School, writes about Skibska: Her
capacities for experimentation and discovery seem boundless. In her hands, glass becomes line
and form, strong and fragile, enormous and delicate. In her mind, the dualities of life are dignified
and celebrated in sculptural forms–most of which are life size, confrontational, and connected to
the human spirit through their scale and physical presence.