Through her mosaic works, Gardner is able to express the complexity of light and the way in which it interacts with glass and the environment. Her panels flicker and seem to move with you. Each sculpture will transform itself depending on the location and time of day. Light becomes an integral and essential aspect of the works.
Continuing her expression of the natural world around her, Gardner has captured the freedom of organic forms in bronze, a combination of natural elements itself. Her textured, delicate vine-like forms coil in and out of each other, as if they are resting in the midst of their growth. With bronze she is able to provide permanence to the creations she witnesses daily in her surrounding landscapes.
Ann Gardner has won numerous awards, and her work is included in numerous major collections, including the National Museum of American Art, the American Craft Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Racine Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and the Seattle Art Museum.
About Ann Gardner
Constructed of layered shards of tinted concrete and glass on fiberglass molds, Ann Gardner’s abstract forms challenge the notion of traditionally architectural mosaics. Working as a mosaic artist before she delved into blown glass works, Gardner experiments with ceramic glassblowing molds. She imprints the glass with the texture of clay and her fingertips and produces ceramic vessels encrusted with the patterned surfaces of kitchenware shards. These experiments led to her freestanding, wall-mounted, and hanging sculptures embedded with pieces of glass. Employing natural light and incorporating existing architectural structures, Gardner’s sculptural mosaics transform their surroundings and call attention to the passage of time by highlighting changing light conditions.