Brianna Barron is an artist and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. She has been working with glass since 2010 and holds degrees from the College for Creative Studies, and Bowling Green State University.
In addition to working as a freelance sculptor, Barron has worked at institutions such as the Corning Museum of Glass, the Henry Ford Museum and the Toledo Museum of Art. She has been awarded residency at prestigious institutions such as the Oxbow School of Art, and the West Michigan Glass Society.
Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues such as the National College of Art & Design in Ireland and the Ohio Craft Museum. Her current work explores notions of inherent materiality and interactive experience.
"Briannas use of glass to create non-traditional, sometimes flexible forms represents an interesting new use of the medium, one that pushes the boundaries of glass as a material"
The Arizona Alliance for Contemporary Glass
Glass as a material possesses a duality that is both fascinating and contradictory. It is hard and soft, fragile and strong. Glass is used in the construction of monumental architecture. It is used to create connections between people all over the world. It is used to protect and preserve precious heirlooms. However glass as an art material is perceived as being fragile and delicate. I am interested in the conflicted relationship that exists between glass and human perception, as well as the physicality, personal presence and hands on interaction involved in working with glass.
Through the exploitation of this conflicted relationship, I force the viewer to confront their preconceived notions about the limitations of, and perceived preciousness of glass as an art material. I am exploring these concepts through the use of kinetics, gravity and uncommon material relationships. Interactivity with the viewer becomes a two-way street, in which the viewer becomes a participant and the work becomes susceptible to their influence.