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Liliana’s glass beads emerge from artistic explorations of metaphors of human experience: of family and ancestors, of light and place, and of perceived shapes and times. These conceptual themes give her works evocative and often playful allusions, as beads may invoke the peaceful grandeur of the Aurora Borealis, the brilliance of light in an Impressionistic French Garden, or the fresh cool of Cape Cod sands. These metaphors give names to Liliana’s artistic explorations of transparency. The transparent possibilities of glass honor the transient nature of experience and memory, encouraging a lightness of being and resisting fixed interpretations through infinite possibilities.

Liliana’s artistic technique emphasizes focused improvisation and a willingness to treat glass as a partner in her process. “Making glass beads is like choreography to me. I conceptualize a bead, and in its…

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  • Born on November 8
  • Joined February 14, 2007

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Liliana’s glass beads emerge from artistic explorations of metaphors of human experience: of family and ancestors, of light and place, and of perceived shapes and times. These conceptual themes give her works evocative and often playful allusions, as beads may invoke the peaceful grandeur of the Aurora Borealis, the brilliance of light in an Impressionistic French Garden, or the fresh cool of Cape Cod sands. These metaphors give names to Liliana’s artistic explorations of transparency. The transparent possibilities of glass honor the transient nature of experience and memory, encouraging a lightness of being and resisting fixed interpretations through infinite possibilities.

Liliana’s artistic technique emphasizes focused improvisation and a willingness to treat glass as a partner in her process. “Making glass beads is like choreography to me. I conceptualize a bead, and in its creation the glass, the colors, gravity, the flame—just like dancers—build on my vision with their own natural interpretations. I enjoy the surprise.” The glass colors she engages range from the bold and outspoken to the quiet and transcendental. She varies surfaces from smooth and glossy to textured, rich in relief and dynamism. These too encapsulate metaphors of experience, pointing to the shifting realities of day to day human existence.

Originally from Moldova in Eastern Europe, Liliana Cirstea Glenn has lived in Russia, Romania, Alaska, and Iowa. She resides in Massachusetts where she creates contemporary glass art in her home studio.

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