That’s Catie Newell’s specialty. She was trained as an architect and now constructs stunning glass formations that interplay with space, form, light, and color (along with her partners, Wes McGee and Aaron Willette). The pieces photographed above are from a projected entitled, Displace.
Glass is a material unlike any other, and that’s what has Catie mesmerized. The paradoxical attributes of strength and fragility mixed with the fact that it can only be manipulated at a heat that is completely intolerable to humans makes for a complex and challenging medium. Beauty that comes in the form of distortion and bent reflections of the world is the kind that sticks with you, rolling around in your head for days.
People are often surprised to discover that the mastermind behind these works, often described as “violent, aggressive, and jarring,” are the creations of a female artist. Catie dips into the give-and-take between darkness, delicacy, and estrangement through a craft that demands a lot of hard physical work. Take that for defying stereotypes.