PROFILE: JANICE MOORHEAD
Moorhead, an honours graduate from the University of Ottawa’s Visual Arts
program in 1979, is presently well known across Canada for her glass art.
This glass work is entirely unique for two reasons. The first is
her vision....her approach to glass has always been through the eyes of
a “painter”. Secondly, and most importantly, is her technique....a
“layering” procedure which she developed in 1985. Shards of glass are
sandwiched between two large panels of clear glass, creating the image
without the use of distracting solder lines. The heavy line of the
soldered joint is no longer the main visual element. The glass itself
now dominates the field of vision! The edges of the glass shards,
now exposed, are free to interact with the play of light, a light which
is never stagnant, but forever in a state of flux, depending on the season
or time of day. The body of work created over the past 21 years can best
be described as an extraordinary blend of visual aesthetics and narrative.
From the smallest “gift item” (6" X 6") to the larger public
commission (2' X 7'), this glass art, while constantly evolving, has always
had the same “reason to be”....and that is....”to bring joy” Janice lives
in the beautiful Gatineau Hills, in Quebec, 30 minutes north of Ottawa,
Janice lives with an artistic furniture maker,
who sometimes integrates glass with his wood work..
out his website www.phildanielswoodworks.com