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Artist of the Month
May 2019

Artist of the Month

Emily Brock

Emily Brock combines different techniques to create intricate narratives. The combination of fusing, slumping, casting, and lampworking creates a rich glass vocabulary. She received her BS from Oregon State University. Selected collections include: Columbus Museum of Art; The Toledo Museum of Art; The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art; and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Brock lives and works in Corrales, New Mexico. She is represented by Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan.

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Emily Brock

Artist of the Month

Artist Statement:

Inspirations never live in isolation. If I would try to analyze my thought processes, my initial susceptibility would always be to the ambiance and detail of place. Relationships of inhabitants to their surroundings, imagined lives, and stories fill these contexts almost immediately for me.

Translating my thoughts into glass seemed so logical and inviting. This part of the process, based on the consolidation of these inspirations, represents years of technical and visual experience.

My creative process is woven throughout every day. I am constantly gathering information, observing details, absorbing reflections on relationships, colors, and the printed word. It seems that without my intention all minutia is saved. At some point, sparked by a request or by chance, an idea or a fully formed image of a sculpture will present itself. This image is undoubtedly seeded by a previous chain of work. Then follows a time where all possibilities are considered.

It is important to sort the good ideas from the unattainable ones. After achieving some clarity of direction, the studio work time begins. It involves more decisions, ritual, mistakes, and repetitions of movement using equipment and tools. After an interminably long time of creating a tabletop landscape of chaos, a recognized moment of completion emerges.

About Emily Brock

New Mexico-based Emily Brock combines fusing, slumping, casting, and lampworking to create a rich glass narrative in her dioramas. The subtle details of her creations such as a misplaced fork or a hidden flower often make her work feel timeless. Clients who acquired an Emily Brock often find something new decades after their acquisition, reliving the feeling of discovery and feeling a renewed enjoyment for the piece.

Brock’s commissioned work is some of the most emotional and personal she has created. Examples include individuals’ personal bedrooms, business offices, kitchens, gardens, stores, and more. These works are so personal they have become favorites through many generations of families.

She received her BS in clothing and textiles from Oregon State University in 1967. Her works are in museums across the globe including the Columbus Museum of Art; The Toledo Museum of Art; The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan; and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, as well as in numerous private collections.

For over 30 years, Habatat Galleries has represented Emily Brock and is both honored and excited to play a role in the legacy of this legendary artist.

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Acknowledgment of Gallery:
We are grateful to Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan, for providing the Artist of the Month.

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