MEMBER MONDAY: GABRIEL GREENLAW

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MEMBER MONDAY: GABRIEL GREENLAW

posted on 10:04 AM, February 13, 2017
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Invasive and Malignant. Blown and Flameworked Glass, Electroplated Copper. 22x23x21” 2013

Tell us about yourself!
Born and raised in Maine, I’ve slowly made my way across the country to end up (somehow) in the North Bay area of California. I originally started working with glass on the torch when I was 14, found myself in a hotshop a few years later, and have been burning myself ever since.

What draws you to the material you work with?
One of my favorite aspects of glass, isn’t even the material, it’s the wonderful community that surrounds it. It’s amazing to be able to travel across the country and run into someone that knows your twice removed step-aunt or something ridiculous, and they also happen to work in the studio up the road from you. Other than that, I relish in the fragility that glass can or appear to have, while also being incredibly strong.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
Currently, I’m exploring neuro and biological imagery through my work. By drawing inspiration from such small observations and then reinterpreting them on a sculptural scale, you start to appreciate them more while also gaining a new perspective that would otherwise be unknown.

What is your dream project?
My dream project would be to create a space where people would enter and find themselves within the human nervous system. I think there would be something quite captivating about entering into your own brain to see the astounding imagery that is otherwise traditionally viewed two dimensionally. 

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
If glass hadn’t set its hooks in me so soon, I imagine I would have gravitated towards something mechanical or fabrication based. Due to the content of my work, people often ask if I have (or would like to have) a scientific/medical background, but I feel that my current appreciation for those fields wouldn’t be the same if I was actively working in them.

What's something about you that most people don't know?
I’m quite obsessed with podcasts. So, taking suggestions, everyone!

Why are you a member of GAS?
I love how GAS brings fellow glassies together. It’s a fantastic space to advertise/share information about relevant topics, ideas, and developments.

Visit Gabriel Greenlaw's GAS member profile here.

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Neurological Impulse. Blown and Flameworked glass, LED Lights, Assembled. 38x12x13” 2014
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Neurodegenerative. Blown, Cut, and Flameworked Glass, Sandblasted, Lacquer. 11x20x20”. 2015

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