1) Tell us about yourself!
Cris Baena. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil and nowadays SP and Miami are my home, always working with glass and traveling back and forth.
My passion for glass started 10 years ago when I went to live in Mexico City right after I got my BA in Fine Arts.
2) What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
Someone looking for excellence and not perfection with a feeling of playfulness and joy. That’s what glass allows me to do. I chose fusion primarily because of my attraction for multiples and suspended installations. So many challenges take you away from your comfort zone and make you want more. There are no limits to my creativity, I will never have to stop exploring, possibilities are endless.
3) What themes do you pursue in your work?
Every work emits a vibration and all we have to do is access that frequency and feel surrounded by it.
I pursue themes related to nature, beauty, self-knowledge, spirituality, flow of energy, dimensions, inspired by my great masters Gaudi, Kandinsky and Calder.
4) Dream Project : “Water Project”
Develop and implement a project that will travel to many countries bringing awareness about water through my work with glass bottles. A collective action with local artists & companies that already have “good practices” and "actions” that make life better for the people that surround them.
5) If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose?
One day I woke up and thought that I needed to change my life, go back to school and have new dreams. I chose to study Visual Arts after spending a long time in the Marketing field working for multinationals and consulting.
This is the "career that I chose” and I feel happy and accomplished doing what I do.
6) What’s something about you that most people don’t know
I have Spanish citizenship and heritage because my father that was born in Barcelona. Olé.
7) Why are you a member of GAS
The Glass Art Society helped me to define a path I was looking for.
To learn more about Cristine, or to see more of her work, go to her GAS Member Profile Page.