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charissa brock tells a story with bamboo and glass

The adobe brick architecture, pottery and landscapes of Charissa Brock’s New Mexico childhood were the beginning of her inspiration.  As she traveled she added the landscapes, cultural riches and myths of other lands. When she discovered bamboo as an art material ten years ago while studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she realized that the renewable resource could help her “incorporate a continuous narrative of my own internal culture, one that includes all that I am exposed to.”

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Springtime Dance
bamboo, glass, waxed line thread, steel, 39.5″ x 14″ x 14″


Into the Wind
bamboo, waxed line thread, 21″ x 14″ x 11″


The Dance Full


Floating Flower
split, bent, sewn, knotless netted black bamboo, waxed linen thread, fused glass, steel, 18″ x 10″ x 11″

Referencing aspects of objects from the past and forms from nature through knots, interwoven lines, and stacking systems, I am creating a story in hopes of calling to mind the story in us all.

Brock expertly combines the bamboo with fused glass petals, stone, steel and waxed linen thread to create distinctive abstract sculptures that seem to be swaying as they catch a gentle breeze, rocking as they gain momentum and dancing as they draw you in to her story. Thanks to Ronna Weltman for the link.

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