I am interested in glass’s capacity to hold, react, and shape light. Glass is able to transition from a glowing molten state to a cold rigid substance that becomes reactive and transparent. I use this gradient of states within my work to express the many facets of what glass can be, and often what it cannot be. To do this I subvert traditional craft methods and use new media to illustrate these shifts in state. I work with video, printed matter, photography, and neon to create installations that are playful and a bit mysterious; installations that challenge viewer predisposition to glass objects and manufacturing means.
Matthew Day Perez was a finalist in Bullseye Glass Company’s biennial Emerge competition in 2008 and 2010. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, the National Endowment for the Arts Renna Arts Scholarship, a U.S. Department of State Grant for new works, a Lois Roth Endowment Award, as well as residencies at Corning Museum of Glass, Creative Glass Center of America, Pilchuck Glass School, and Bullseye Glass Company. He has lectured at several academic and creative institutions both domestically and abroad, and has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand.