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Free Lecture - Sasha Zhitneva, Glass Artist

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Pike County Public Library

119 East Harford Street

Milford, PA 18337

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Join Peters Valley School of Craft for a fascinating look at the world through the eyes of multi-media fused glass artist Sasha Zhitneva.

In her own words: "Materials come with baggage, layers of history, social meaning, and emotional preconceptions, all of which contribute to their perceived character. Glass is an honored material, surrounded by respect and admiration, equipped with an arsenal of art techniques that render it as ultimately precious. Through its millennia-long history, it accompanied people in high places of reverence and distinction, whether it took a form of medieval stained glass, heraldic glassware or a cast glass award.

On another hand, its ultimate look-alike and the most despicable imitator—plastic, especially in the form of containers, is a fitting metaphor for our society’s modus operandi. While providing neat packages that appear transparent, plastic insulates us from issues loaded with potential discomfort, directly connected with its origin and use. Catering to our insatiable appetite for what is perceived as conveniences and hastily dismissed after a single use with a minor pang of guilt, discarded containers that come in all imaginable shapes and sizes are indeed the shells of our consumerist urges.

In my work, elaborately ornated glass is molded over plastic, and plastic, in turn, is heat-shaped to mimic the glass, two materials appear to be fused together. Even though stained glass, instead of windows, is mounted on plastic, it still attempts to tell stories even if they can’t be easily deciphered.

These interactions allow me to examine connections between disposable and indispensable, to see how those can become interchangeable, and how the materials we use and dispose reflect on our self-perception and reveal our vulnerability."

This is the 6th in a series of free public artist lectures that Peters Valley School of Craft has mounted at the Pike County Public Library this year. They are made possible by the generosity of the Greater Pike Community Foundation's Richard L. Snyder Fund.

For more information on Peters Valley please visit www.petersvalley.org

For more information on Sasha Zhitneva please visit www.refuSZed.com

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