Tell us about yourself!
My name is Kagen Dunn and I live in Arlington, Texas. I am a senior at the University of Texas in Arlington and will be graduating this fall. I chose to attend UTA specifically for their glass department. Before attending this school, I had zero glass experience. While attending UTA, I have remained active in our student organization, 2100 Club, and currently, hold an officer position as President. Attending UTA has presented me with many opportunities such as scholarships to attend classes at Pilchuck Glass School, UrbanGlass, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. I also work as an instructor at SiNaCa Studios in Fort Worth, Texas in both the glassblowing and kilnforming studios.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chose the processes that you use in your work?
Glass is a very versatile material and I enjoy the challenge of trying to do something new with it. That being said, only working with glass can be a little limiting. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have found myself branching out in materials that are familiar from my childhood and finding ways to intermingle them into my work.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My work focuses on the use of traditionally domestic materials, such as fabric, thread, and paper, in conjunction with more industrial materials like glass, drywall, and wood, utilizing their varying qualities. Through my artistic practice, I have been drawn to the unique characteristics of objects made by hand, with a focus on the actions of the hand and the finished products’ individual subtleties. As the artist, I feel that it’s important to incorporate the use of my own body into my work to make it more meaningful but to also add personal intricacies.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
If I weren't pursuing an artistic career, I would definitely try to be a dog trainer.
Why are you a GAS member?
One thing I really enjoy about glass is that there seems to be a community created around this material. The Glass Art Society is just another way for me to be involved in that community. I enjoy the opportunities that are presented with being a member, such as the conferences and student competitions.
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