One House, Two Voices: Recent Glass Works by Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender highlights a remarkable selection of recent mixed media works by married couple Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender. The exhibition includes both individual and collaborative works. The imaginative pieces are primarily cast glass with stunning added ceramic and painted details.
Christina and Robert met forty years ago as young teens at art camp in New Jersey and together turned their shared passion for art into accomplished careers. Their early love for painting, ceramics, illustrating and glass work has become a lifelong commitment.
This exhibition displays work by Christina Bothwell that is mainly inspired by her children and the nature surrounding her life in the Pennsylvania countryside. Her art is deeply introspective, and it encourages viewers to think about the big questions in life. It starts with a spark….
Christina has stated: What triggers this interior feeling might be a glimpse of a child sitting a certain way with the light shining on her hair… or a view from my car of the mist covering the mountains, so appealing as to almost cause an accident. A tree covered with red winged blackbirds in the woods, before it’s even spring, can be so pleasantly shocking as to cause me to laugh out loud. Sometimes it’s as simple as rays of sunlight slanting through tree trunks in the woods early in the morning. At those moments I feel so happy, and so blessed that I’m given the opportunity to live as an artist and truly appreciate the remarkable beauty of the regular, daily world.
Robert Bothwell wrote and illustrated children’s books for twenty years before making the move to work with glass. Robert’s displayed cast glass works represent an homage to his love for the tactile, sensual qualities of the medium and his attraction to the unpredictability of the firing process. His imagery incorporates dreams, humor, found objects and an exploration of the human condition.
In describing the couple’s powerful collaborative work, Robert has stated: Our artistic visions are quite distinct from one another, but we have recognized opportunities to see how we can complement and magnify each other’s vision. Our friendship and love for one another form the basis for our lives. It is natural that some art would evolve as an expression of this.
One House, Two Voices: Recent Glass Works by Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender will be on view from May 5 to July 14. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00-5:00 and Thursday, 9:00-7:00.
Opening Reception Friday, May 5th, 5:00-7:00 pm, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, Mardigian Library, 3rd Floor
Free to public. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres provided.