Having lived a lifetime in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, exploring the odd environment of the Great Salt Lake, and having fascination with Utah deserts, the dichotomy of life is the subject matter expressed through my art. Daily, ideas concerning the management of our earth’s resources and how human beings affect it are in my thoughts. I create works that present the beauty of our earth using one of its natural elements – glass. Inspiration arises from nature’s endless colors, patterns, life, and the very air we breathe. I strive to create pieces that evoke small narratives and open viewers’ eyes to the fascinating mixture of all life that share our world.
Glass is a focus in my work and I love it because it comes from our beloved earth and is transformed through the process of fire. The tactile pleasure of cool temperatures and smooth textures makes glass an experience to touch. Watch as the glass changes its personality when the light changes through the day, its telling its own story.
I want my glass art to create an aura of joy in their surroundings. My work strives to create positive emotions and fanciful narratives in the viewer’s mind.
Melinda earned her BFA from the University of Utah. Her emphasis was Sculpture Intermedia with a minor in Arts Technology. She is an intermediate artist focusing on kiln-formed and torch-worked glass, textiles, ceramics and letterpress. She has several artworks in permanent collections and is actively participating in gallery shows. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/wm-glass-studios.