Faces covered, fractured, concealed, and ambiguous; these pieces are a collection of portraits challenging the nature of portratiture. These fictional figures inhabit my dreams. The characters are like actors loosely stitched together to create fabricated intersections, strung together to create images or constellations that represent a narrative.
I have included halved glass bubbles, reminiscent of time-worn convex glass frames, to inspire a sense of nostalgia and create visual distance between the object and the viewer. Flameworked parts protrude from the surface of the lenses and spill out onto the wall, allowing for the “dots” to be a connective tissue or string, tethering each work to the next.
Dorie Guthrie, born in 1982 in Moline, Illinois, was first exposed to glass as a medium when she stumbled upon a small glass studio in her hometown. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2008, Guthrie has been awarded scholarships at Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Penland School of Craft, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Guthrie worked on staff at Pilchuck Glass School, Washington; Brazee Street Studios, Ohio; and as a teacher’s assistant at Corning Museum of Glass; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine; Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany; and Pittsburgh Glass Center. She was selected to demonstrate flameworking at the 2013 Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo, Ohio. Guthrie is currently teaching, fabricating, and working with visiting artists at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York.