Allegra Marquart

Tell us about yourself!

Here I am, Allegra Marquart, loving “retirement” in Baltimore after teaching printmaking at MICA for many years.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

In 2001 someone asked if I’d ever considered using glass in my work. I hadn’t, but within a month I was translating my narrative, figurative images into stencils adhered to glass panels. I hired a sandblasting expert and have never looked at an etching plate since. I read about Pilchuck and signed up for a SAND BLASTING class. Got out there to find I’d read wrong. It was sand CASTING with Paul Marioni! That’s when I really started learning about glass.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

Old fables, songs and tales about human foibles and obsessions replaced stories I’d been developing about incidents in city or family life. Now I have a whole series of images growing called “IF ONLY….”. (As in, “If Only I Had Red Wings”).

What is your dream project?

I dream of covering a large wall in some fine museum with the multitudes of figures I’ve made from sly or silly foxes to fishermen with false hopes and all kinds of folks caught in containers of their own making.  Preferably these glass creatures would somehow move slowly across the wall. 

Why are you a member of GAS?

I’m a member of GAS for the thrill I get from seeing what people are inventing in the world of glass.

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