Jeffrey Sarmiento, a Chicago native, is currently Reader in Glass at the University of Sunderland (UK), where he was awarded a PhD in 2011. Educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, he has worked internationally as a Fulbright Fellow in Denmark, a Visiting Artist at UrbanGlass, and an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School. Known for his artwork exploring cultural identity and the graphic image in glass, he won the International Glass Prize 2012 at Glazenhuis, Belgium and his recent solo exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland toured to Bullseye Projects. His collaborative work was also included in Glasstress Gotika at the 56th Venice Biennale. He was appointed as Artistic Director of North Lands Creative Glass (UK) in 2016.
My work is an exploration of cultural roots through a strategy of self-imposed mismatches. The expression of my Filipino American heritage remains a constant, but I manipulate and remix this identity through new contexts. I intentionally work far from home to find new geographies, histories and languages. My attempts at assimilation force both a change in perspective as well as a reinforcement of held beliefs and values. The tension between the inherited and the constructed activates my work. - Jeffrey Sarmiento