Central to my work is a long-standing interest in the bond between people and place. My practice explores this dialogue through glass and architecture, with a focus on how characteristics and qualities of space can shape our experience, memories and sense of attachment to our surroundings.
My work in glass is an extension of the sensibilities and skills that I have honed as an architectural designer. Glass is an evocative material, able to readily convey atmosphere, emotion and narrative; it has the ability to reveal memories, generate associations and encourage the imagination in ways that other mediums often cannot.
Autobiographical in nature, my work is a reaction to vivid memories and intangible qualities of significant moments; distilling and communicating the essence of an experience of light and shadow, each piece aims to evoke or contribute to architectural space and atmosphere. The haptic, hands-on act of making is contemplative - a tool which allows me to explore, contemplate and strengthen my own relationship with and understanding of place.
Karlyn Sutherland studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and received a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, where she was later employed as a design tutor and research assistant. She began working in glass in 2009, when her research into topics of place and attachment led her home to Caithness, Scotland, where she enrolled in a master class at North Lands Creative. She has since gone on to exhibit her work nationally and internationally. In 2016, she was an Endeavour Research Fellow in the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University School of Art & Design in Canberra. Sutherland was an artist-in-residence at Bullseye Studio in Portland, Oregon, and at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Sutherland lives and works as an artist, architectural designer, and writer in her hometown of Lybster, Scotland.