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Shayna Leib

Madison, WI

“Her sculptural studies reflect an attention to detail indicative of the two major influences on her life- music and philosophy. Trained as a classical pianist, she sees music as a metaphor for her work. The part-to-whole nature of music, and the bringing together of isolated individual lines of melody to be woven into a greater composition can be seen in her sculptural landscapes. Focused areas of movement, switchbacks of glass cane, and slow buildups of motion all come together to form a greater composition in her work.
She works in a variety of mediums including ceramic, stone, metal, photography and fabric, though glass remains her profession’s material. She prefers to use glass not for its mimetic qualities to capture the look of other materials, but for it’s ability to express flow, freeze a moment in time, and manipulate optics.
When asked about her visual aesthetic, she states “The things I find beautiful have always been fractal in nature. I am intrigued by multitudes of tiny little parts- blades of grass all bending in the wind to the same rhythm. As you pan out you have waves of form. Zoom in and you see each individual blade of grass moving to the flow of the wind.”
Ms. Leib studied glass with Che Rhodes at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, and Boyd Sugiki at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine. Since 2006, she has worked closely with renowned metalsmith Donald Friedlich, executing the glass part of his designs.”
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