Glass is the starting point for all my work. Whether the glass is cast, coldworked, bent, fused, and/or airbrushed depends on the specific effect I seek. The works have an understated elegance based on Zen principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. While not overtly spiritual, they often evoke a spiritual response. They move us out of our everyday existence by providing the viewer a reason to pause, to support 'being' rather than 'doing.'
Recycling: Many of the materials I use are found or recycled. Winning an award as Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco's Recycling Center and Solid Waste Transfer Station in 1995 both validated my recycling habits and gave me access to new materials. In 2006, I won a cash award from the California Department of Conservation for a set of my Archival Footprints™ tiles. Most of my pieces are not readily recognizable as incorporating recycled materials because I feel strongly that art from recycled materials does not necessarily have to be funny or funky.
All work is © Penelope Comfort Starr. Photo credits: Letters from France, Sand Passages and Glass Wall by Sibila Savage. Stairway Sculpture by Jane Lidz. Dining Table by Sieg/Callister. Elegy for a Silent Mill by Cindy Pavlinac. All others by George Post.