Jeff Wallin

The human portrait is an iconic subject of interest and beauty. It is a record of the unique experiences that have left indelible marks on the flesh and which can be felt through expression. The present moment becomes the culmination of past decisions and events recorded in the flesh.

For my investigation of the human form, glass offers an incredible medium for exploring my relationship to this subject. My methods of kiln forming purposefully ignore most of the strict adherence to process normally associated with the medium. The work is driven to completion as part of a dialogue, which begins as a response to the model and then develops in unexpected ways as the work matures over multiple firings in the kiln.

My intent is to maintain an attitude of spontaneity and preserve the raw moment when the piece first began. It is essential to maintain a tense balance between controlling impulses and chaotic actions. There are no conclusions, only possibilities.