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Suzanne R. Horvitz

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This body of work is about the symbolic meaning and myths associated with “Deep Waters”. I present this work on glass – which I consider – one of the most enigmatic and enchanted of all the materials that have been invented or discovered. Glass resembles water in many ways. The changeability of water embodies the idea of transience. Glass, a super-cooled liquid, resembles many of water’s transient qualities. Like water, glass can refract and reflect. Like water, glass transmits light, and can be transparent or translucent. Colors and light mixt together behind and inside the glass as though through the prism of “Deep Waters”.

This artwork is done by “Verre Eglomisé, (reverse painting on glass ) in combination with glass gilding, printing, etching, silk screen and stencil printing. The mirrored and gilded glass surfaces symbolize dreams and the world on the other side of the looking glass where the extraordinary exists.

This series is inspired by Greek Mythology and alludes to the dangers inherent in beauty- like the “Sirens that Lured Ulysses”. I aim for a visual weaving of images and text. Some of the text is from poetry about love found in the biblical “Song of Songs”. I believe in the “Aquatic ape theory” rather than the traditional “Savannah” theory of human evolution. This theory becomes a metaphor for me to communicate through my images of Sirens, Mermaids and Mermen – a visual story that reflects my ideas about the dangers and beauty found in the oceans we sail and in life’s “Deep Waters”.