“Glass is in constant flux. It is fluid when hot and rigid when cold. This change in state from liquid to solid allows the material to capture a moment in time, like a three-dimensional still image. I combine photography and glass in a practice that engages my curiosity through experimentation and traditional techniques. I use mirror to reflect and displace the natural world and flame-worked glass to create structure that mimics the built environment. The subject matter in my photographs is glass, the same material as the lens through which light travels to produce the images. I want my viewers to ask questions and immerse themselves in the images. Memory strongly influences the creation of my work.”
Erin Murdock is a Philadelphia-based glass artist. She received her BFA in Craft & Material Studies, with a concentration in glass, from the University of the Arts in 2016. Her background in photography has influenced the merge between glass and the still image. Her work spans across a multitude of different glass processes, including traditional soft glass blowing and a recent interest in pâte de verre. She has received a number of awards, including a general student scholarship from the Glass Arts Society, and in the summer of 2015, received a grant from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass to study glass casting with Dan Clayman at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME. Recently, her work was awarded a gallery pick by Wexler Gallery at the University of the Arts “Art Unleashed” scholarship fundraiser.