At The Gallery
Mixed Media

William Zweifel

A native of Chicago, William Zweifel now works out of his Wisconsin studio, which he opened in 1999. Largely self taught, Bill has studied with many successful artists in their studios and attended the Pilchuck School for glass in Washington to further develop his glass skills.

After seeing a piece of glass that was labeled as "woven glass," Zweifel became fascinated with the idea of being able to weave glass as a weaver would weave fiber. He sought out a weaver to learn how fabric is created on a loom. This principle of manipulating the "warp" and the "weft" could be applied to his media of glass. After years of experimentation and a lot of broken glass, Bill finally created a true glass weave. Since then he has been experimenting with creating form, texture, and color to further develop the final work.

I view my art as "Shapes that appear simple and smooth, but are in fact made up of individual lines, working on different planes and heading in different directions, yet interweaving in a way that they directly influence one another. I view life in much the same way. We are who we are as a result of the interweaving of many life experiences. The influences of outside pressures and our core beliefs determine our character. How much we allow these pressures to influence us will determine whether we will be in turmoil or at peace.

The medium I have chosen for this work is glass. Beyond its obvious attributes of color and texture, it provides permanence, the ability to freeze a moment or movement in time so that it can be examined and explored. At the same time, I find in its very fragility, a metaphor for the fragility of our existence. Being able to freeze these moments in time, in such a delicate medium offers me an opportunity to create the tranquility that I find so comforting."



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