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Joanna Manousis
Artist Statement

My work captures and animates liminal moments, revealing a world in which objects, beings and places are interconnected and in flux. I re-appropriate objects that exist in the world as a device to lure and engage a universal audience. Through spatial configuration, context and material I use the information connected with them as objects to bring about an extended dialogue.

I predominantly use glass in my sculpture to induce reflection, both physically and metaphorically, in the viewer. It is the transparency of glass, a solid state of atmosphere that simultaneously reveals yet barricades, that I find most compelling. Through the intrinsic material properties and associations of glass I use the medium to create installations that speak of human emotion, memory, and the passage of time.

I make intuitively, however, the technical ramifications of my chosen mediums propel me to a systematic way of working. These results in a seamless rendering of surface, that appears free from human touch.


Joanna Manousis holds an MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University (New York) and a BFA in Glass from The University of Wolverhampton (England). She has worked, studied, and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and has received a number of scholarships and awards for both her blown glass as well as her kiln cast sculpture. These include a Bombay Sapphire nomination, the Frabel award for ‘Best Artist,’ and a Finalist entry in ‘E-Merge,’ 2010. Most recently, Manousis received an artist residency at the Museum of Art and Design in Manhattan. She also recently received the honor of being UrbanGlass' 2012 MFA Awardee and is featured in the 7th Annual MFA Exhibition in Brooklyn, NY. She currently resides in the United States and works as a freelance glass artist in Philadelphia.

Accumulation, 2008, cast glass/cork
Inverted Vanitas, 2010, cast/blown/Pate de Verre glass, mirror, neon, mixed media
Joanna with a work from the Self Contained Sprays Series (2007-2008, cast/blown glass and enamel)
Reaching an Ulterior Realm, 2010, blown glass, mirror,bronze
Lace, 2007, fused murrine/water-jet cut glass
Joanna with Lace, (detail)