Anne Gant created her own process of printing and drawing with glass that is both fascinating and haunting. Gant, who hails from New York, currently lives in Amsterdam where she blows and sculpts hot glass into shapes and lines, pressing the glass into wet sheets of rag paper while the glass is still smoking hot.
The process destroys the glass – all that remains is the mark it has made on the paper. She has a Master’s Degree in Glassblowing, a BFA in Sculpture/Glass and a BA in Writing and Art Criticism.
“The soul of glass is its heat. These prints function as maps of that heat. They reveal a secret aspect of the glass normally known only to the maker.” Anne Gant
Watch the video below to see the artist at work and listen as Gant eloquently describes her process. Wonderful!
“The casual viewer may not instantly spot that these prints are made from glass, but no other material would be able to create these high-temperature, organic burns. They have a richness, translucency and liquidity that is an echo of the original glass form. The resulting burnt impressions have a high level of detail as the burns pass through layers of paper and also create embossed areas. They range in color from areas of rich, dense blacks to smoky sepias and watery yellows. The burns are full of light- they have a mysterious photographic quality; in some areas they look as if they are backlit.” Anne Gant