Beth Lipman’s spontaneous and expressive process with both glass and photography results in works of art that capture transitory moments caught between growth and decay and stand as timeless portraits of humanity. Going far beyond mere glass blowing, this extraordinary artist creates beautifully intricate sculptures that allude to early examples of seventeenth-century Baroque still lifes—specifically the Dutch Haarlem style of traditional laid tables.
Instead of using paint, Lipman (American, born 1971) forms large-scale, three-dimensional interpretations in dazzling glass, each composed of a multitude of individually handcrafted objects.
Augmenting these works are stunning photographs that reduce her glass objects to two dimensions, powerfully conveying her messages of desire and consumption, religious and political symbolism, and the transience of life. In each
piece, whether sculpturally or photographically, Lipman masterfully capitalizes on the properties of clear glass that render her objects simultaneously attainable and hard to discern.
Featuring 15 recent pieces—the earliest being 2010—this exhibition highlights works that are representative of the themes and processes explored during Lipman’s entire career. They demonstrate how Lipman continually pushes boundaries to express her ideas. She frees herself to explore concerns in different media and formats, expanding beyond still life to incorporate elements of portraiture and the landscape, to draw links between the past (once) and the present again).
Abundance and Pleasure