Tell us about yourself!
My name is simone fezer, I am based in Germany and work internationally. The great glass-painter Hans-Gottfried von Stockhausen was a neighbor to my parents and when I was unsure what to do after school, he sent me to Bild-Werk Frauenau where I met glass, was fascinated and made my way from there.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I find a beautiful intensity in making glass: the being in the moment, the immediacy and focus it gives and demands as well as the satisfying physical challenge and exertion it provides.
On the other hand glass reflects diversity perfectly: to express various aspects of a theme you can employ different states of this amazingly diverse sculptural material: Glass can speak of containment or transcendence, of light and shadow, it is a vessel, carries, magnifies, clarifies or distorts, it reflects or lets pass, speaks of fragility, brittleness and the flow, it´s hot and cold, colorful and clear, rough and smooth, resembles water, ice and earth, it´s elegant, kitsch, beautiful, broken...and you can use it and its historical and technical properties to have your work speak about all this and more.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
Many of my pieces speak about the fragility of the balance we are all maintaining or endangering but also want to make aware of the diversity that we all are, the beauty, resilience and stability of the permanent change and re-composition of the interwoven systems of social, sociological, and personal structures. We are continuously reshaping and -forming our world, a fragile construct that necessitates change, and so alters and dissolves identities, identifications, positions and structures believed to be firm. Watching and listening to the often frenzied and mad workings of the world, and influenced by dystopic pop-cultural visions, as well as scientific and fictitious developments, many of my more recent pieces have been getting darker, and maybe angrier, a sense of urgency has entered the making of...
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose? Theater! I love theater and am working on bringing my own practice closer to it. My installations are already stage-like, now I am moving towards performing in and with them.
What's something about you that most people don't know? That I am a passionate rider and horseback-archer and that I am, together with my partner, also organizing international competitions in that field.
Why are you a member of GAS? To stay and get in contact with fellow members of the glass community. To share knowledge, start projects and open opportunities.
To learn more about Simone Fezer, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE
TO SEE A VIDEO OF SIMONE FEZER discussing her work, go HERE.