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Artist Statement

September 6th, 2014

Artist Statement

My earths are a reflection of our true world, both from a global perspective as well as from a personal perspective. I believe in the “power of oneness”, the belief that we all need to act responsibly to protect and preserve our world for future generations. My art is a visual affirmation of that core belief.

During the year of 2006, my work has involved the creation of conceptually based material involving a process that explores concepts of nature, humanity, culture and belief systems as they relate to human interaction within the Earth's environments. These ideas, combined with the fundamentalism of color, form and texture, have led me to a process of disambiguation of glass. The intention in my work involves conservation, recycling and sustainability.

All my sculptures are created with recycled glass. Once a sculpture is completed, all discarded glass is then repurposed for the next piece. The idea of deconstructing and constructing plays a role of chance in each earth. There is no waste. Each earth is connected to the previous earth, and so are we.

Part of my motive to create my sculptures involves the study of geographical knowledge from any or all points of view. I work with the earth as an art form that is created in nature, such as soil, rock, organic media and water. Glass as my media plays a role in science and industry – it is chemical and physical with optical properties that make it an essential material that functions in this specific body of work. There’s this sense of alchemy working and processing the material. Crystals, metals and oxides give particular glass dichroic optical properties. It creates a palette within a particular transmitted color and a completely different reflected color, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected. An array of color is reflected in my pieces. Due to variations in the kiln firing process, individual results can never be exactly predicted, so each piece of fused glass is authentic.

There are coincidental things that happen through the kiln process which allow me to intuitively work the finished glass, adding as many as 5 layers to the piece. The coating that is created is very similar to gemstone, and, by careful control of thickness, different colors may be obtained. This process allows the glass to transcend and fulfill a quest to perpetuate beauty.

When we create reality by setting an intention, there is an entire process of events that start to evolve. Each event is connected to another until finally the full manifestation of the intention is realized. The process behind my work is a kindred representation of this. When viewing my work, I would like for people to see something they have not seen before, yet have a feeling of familiarity and a sense of calm. They are invited to quietly reflect and experience the emotion and beauty that touches the senses. There is a magical sensation of both gratitude and intention. My inspirations from global occurrences such as the BP oil spill in “No More Oil”, or global warming for “Ozone”, make me look at our world and our place in it, which is why I can still see “Harmony” and “Beauty by Nature.” The titles belonging to each piece carry a poetic resonance, charged richness or significance, evoking an association or strong emotion.

Two types of positive energy flow through every glass earth I create. One is in the form of oxygen trapped inside the many layers of glass. After the kiln temperature has risen to well over 1400' F and then starts it's critical cooling process, air bubbles find their way throughout the piece which are trapped in time and space. Second, is the pure light that is absorbed into each piece as it is created, radiating through the glass.

I have always been mesmerized by glass. When glass has been kiln fired, it seems to retain a quality that makes it appear to be trapped between a liquid and a solid. It acts like a living entity that can be transformed over and over and still retain its form, like Earth!


For a better environment,
Michelle Ferry

Michelle featured in Girls Who Shred

July 6th, 2012

Michelle featured in Girls Who Shred

Check out Michelle's feature in "Girls Who Shred" an amazing site dedicated to providing a platform for women to discover more about themselves, their environment and their ability to SHRED.... Michelle's dedication to the earth, her art, and environmental responsibility resonates in this article dicussing her most recent exhibit.

Click here to see the article: http://www.girlswhoshred.com/#/culture/4565419835

Interview with Michelle Ferry regarding Aveda Earth Month Partnership

May 26th, 2012

Interview with Michelle Ferry regarding Aveda Earth Month Partnership

Take a look at Michelle Ferry's interview discussing her partnership with Aveda stores for Earth Month.

Exhibitions

May 15th, 2012

Exhibitions

2012 Solo - Enlightened, Old School Square & the Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2012 Food & Garden Festival, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

2012 Solo - Enlightened, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

2012 Earth Month 2012, Aveda, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

2012 Earth Month 2012, Aveda, Boca Raton, FL

2012 Showcase Exhibit, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
**Awarded “1st Place” and “Best in Show”, Juried by the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

2012 Masquerade, Quail Ridge, Boynton Beach, FL

2012 Building Hope, The Polo Club, Boca Raton, FL

2011 Solo, Reflections of Our World, Ferry Estate, Delray Beach, FL

2011 Inferno, Dark Arts Exhibition, The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
**Awarded “Best in Show”

2011 I Got A Feeling, Quail Ridge, Boynton Beach, FL

2010 Celebration 2010, Quail Ridge, Boynton Beach, FL

2009 I Love the ‘80’s, Benvenuto, Boynton Beach, FL

2008 Broadway Under the Stars, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Avalon Gallery in Delray Beach, FL

April 30th, 2012

Avalon Gallery in Delray Beach, FL

Michelle Ferry's piece, "On Dark Days, Look for Rainbows" featured in Avalon Gallery's front window display in Delray Beach, FL.

Featured in Aveda Palm Beach Gardens

April 30th, 2012

Featured in Aveda Palm Beach Gardens

Michelle Ferry's piece 'Harmony' as featured in Aveda retail store in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Michelle Ferry has partnered with Aveda stores in the Gardens Mall in PGA and in the Boca Town Center, Boca Raton in honor of Earth Day. Aveda has set aside a whole month to love, celebrate and raise awareness to protect the Earth. This year our focus is on clean water initiatives. Join us through our quest for clean and a brighter tomorrow.

Both stores are featuring a beautiful glass earth sculpture by Michelle Ferry for the month of April for Earth Month. A percentage of the proceeds of the sale of both pieces goes toward Aveda's clean water initiatives.

Featured in Aveda Boca Raton Town Center Mall

April 30th, 2012

Featured in Aveda Boca Raton Town Center Mall

Michelle Ferry's piece 'In Perfect Balance' as featured in the Aveda retail store in Boca Raton, FL.

Michelle Ferry has partnered with Aveda stores in the Gardens Mall in PGA and in the Boca Town Center, Boca Raton in honor of Earth Day. Aveda has set aside a whole month to love, celebrate and raise awareness to protect the Earth. This year our focus is on clean water initiatives. Join us through our quest for clean and a brighter tomorrow.

Both stores are featuring a beautiful glass earth sculpture by Michelle Ferry for the month of April for Earth Month. A percentage of the proceeds of the sale of both pieces goes toward Aveda's clean water initiatives.

Enlightened Exhibit Featured at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami

April 19th, 2012

Enlightened Exhibit Featured at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami

Michelle Ferry's recent exhibit, "Enlightened - in honor of Earth Day 2012" was held at the world-renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Miami, Florida, April 14-15, 2012. She was excited to be the featured artist at Fairchild's Food & Garden Festival where she had the great honor of exhibiting along side renowned artists such as Will Ryman, Dale Chihuly, Yoko Ono, and Daisy Youngblood. Invited guests enjoyed a special VIP Collector's preview held on Thursday, April 12th. A percentage of the proceeds from the exhibit benefitted Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.