Julia and Robin Rogers
In a small hot glass studio in Western Montana in 2001, the paths of Julia and Robin Rogers intersected and eventually merged. At this shop, called Cloud Cap Glass, their friendship grew and their glass practices began to overlap. They both became part owners of the studio and worked together, operating the small business and creating glass works.
In pursuit of Master of Fine Art degrees, the couple decided to leave their beloved Montana in 2005. They re-envisioned their glass studio and created a trailer-mounted portable shop. With their tools, dogs and one year old son packed up, they set out for Southern Illinois. For professional opportunities, the glassy family has lived in Carbondale, Illinois; Bowling Green, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Norfolk, Virginia.
In 2010, after nearly ten years of working together and assisting with each other's work, the duo decided to start creating artwork collaboratively. In these bodies of work, every step of the process, from idea development to finishing touches, is completed by both artists. This method of working has led to the creation of pieces that Julia and Robin are excited to make and proud to exhibit. Through the synergy of this collaboration, the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts.
We are enlivened by the inherent qualities of molten glass; its luminosity, viscosity, and seductive flow. Inspiration for our subject matter comes from humanity, nature, science, and the arts. Collaboratively, we meld our ideas into our works.
“Sentient & Sapient” is a series of blown glass heads with mixed media that delves into our subject’s psyche. These pieces physically and metaphorically open up to reveal the interior workings of the mind. In “Architecture of the Mind,” heads are turned into buildings and the occupants and history of these buildings tell the story of the subject. Looking through the windows the dynamics of life are ever present.
In the “Beating Mind III,” a heart emerges from the top of the head. The human heart has been used as a subject throughout the ages in art and literature. It has come to represent compassion, endearment, and is an enduring guide when making difficult decisions. It has certainly been romanticized in the arts as possessing some intelligence or insight of its own.
Recently a scientific study was released that took a closer look at the heart revealing evidence that the heart has a nervous system of its own. It is thought to interact with other organs in the body, independent from the brain. The heart is capable of communicating with our bodies and mind on multiple levels, allowing for thought and intuition to come from the heart itself. After countless artistic references to the heart as having an intuition and intelligence science is now proving it to be true.
We are two artists living, breathing, and working together. Our minds never stop imagining the possibilities of what can be explored, discovered, shared, and executed.
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