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posted on 2:04 PM, August 1, 2016
Jean Fernandes, Immersion, 2013
- Tell us about yourself!
My name is Jean Fernandes and I'm a multimedia artist currently focusing in glass. I was born in India, raised in Dubai and California, and now reside in Texas. While earning my undergraduate degree at San Jose State University, I took my first glass class and unsurprisingly became mesmerized by the medium. I moved to Texas to pursue my MFA in glass at the University of Texas at Arlington to further study the material and explore its possibilities. I currently maintain an active studio practice and teach glass classes at the University of Texas in Arlington, Sinaca Studios in Fort Worth and the Creative Arts Center in Dallas.
- What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I'm drawn to glass because of its flexibility. It has many contradicting properties (transparent/opaque, flexible/rigid, fragile/strong, etc.), so depending on how it is utilized, it is a medium that can satisfy almost any desire of the artist. While making my work, I usually set up parameters and then allow the glass to be itself within those conditions, so the processes I tend to use are often experimental and non-traditional but heavily rely on the natural properties of the material.
- What themes do you pursue in your work?
I'm fascinated by the relationship between glass and science (physics in particular). My work focuses on the innate properties of the material; patterns that it creates when it is poured, how it breaks and shatters, the relationships between viscosity and heat, crystallization formation, etc.
- If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I can't fully imagine myself working outside the arts, but if I absolutely had to work outside the field, I would likely be in a field like psychology or mechanical engineering, since my other interests fall within these areas.
- Why are you a member of GAS?
GAS is a wonderful organization that keeps me connected to the larger glass community. The conferences, in particular, help to fuel the rest of my year with inspiration. My peers are accomplishing such great things, so it is wonderful to be able to attend a yearly networking event that brings us all together to learn from each other.
Check out the GAS member profile of Jean Fernandes here.
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