My work captures and animates liminal moments, revealing a world in which objects, beings and places are interconnected. I reappropriate material objects 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 spark 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, cultural identity, and the passage of time.
British–American artist Joanna Manousis lives and works in the United States, creating sculptural objects and installations in glass and mixed media. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a BFA from the University of Wolverhampton, England. Manousis has worked, studied, and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United
States, and Australia. She has created her work within major public museums and studio residency programs, including Toledo Museum of Art; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Corning Museum of Glass; and Cité Internationale des Arts, France. Her work has
been exhibited internationally at institutions and art fairs including Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark; the British Glass Biennale; Salon Art + Design, New York; and FOG Design+Art, San Francisco. Manousis has earned internationally recognized awards and nominations for her work, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation nomination; the Margaret E. Mead Award through the Burchfield Penney Art Center; the Hans Godo Frabel Award; and a Bombay Sapphire Prize nomination.