“My work deals with solitude. My interest and focus is on the individual, without the definitions supplied, implied or described by surroundings or society.”
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ABOUT THE ARTIST: Seth Fairweather
Seth Fairweather did not set out to be an artist. He was pre-med at Tulane University in New Orleans when an art elective in glassblowing changed his life. “I was hooked,” he says. “I transferred back to New York to Alfred University, where I graduated with honors and a BFA in sculpture and three-dimensional studies.” He went on to receive his MFA at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.
With an impressive exhibition history that dates back to 2005, and a commitment to his path that finds him working nearly every day of the week, Fairweather nevertheless also commits himself to sharing what he has learned. He has been an instructor in glass arts since his own school days, serving as Teaching Assistant, Instructor, Resident Instructor, Visiting Artist, Demonstrator, Art Teacher (K-8) and Lecturer including at universities such as Alfred University, Tyler School of Art, Mesa Arts Center (AZ) and University of Miami, Coral Gables (FL). Currently, Fairweather serves as Adjunct Professor of Glass at Paradise Valley Community College and Artist in Residence at Mesa Arts Center, both here in Arizona.
Unlike other artists who may have sampled a number of mediums to find the one that most inspires them, glass has always been Fairweather’s path. Glass with a sculptural focus. As time has gone on, he has evolved to incorporate more mixed media with many current works including glass and metal. “The juxtaposition between the clarity of the glass and that heavy visual quality of the steel or cast bronze just sets up a nice conversation within the piece between the different materials,” he observes.
“What you decide to make is definitely artistically based, but how to make it, science is a huge part of it, just how it cools, how it moves.” It may take Fairweather less than an hour to more than a week to create a blown glass piece; a cast glass piece may take a week to several months. The engineering aspect of larger projects can stretch into years. If there is ever a point in which he is waiting for inspiration to strike, there is glass to grind, equipment to maintain, and all else that allows his work to flow.
“My interest is in creating an object that houses within it a space for the viewer to explore, to lose him or herself and disconnect from their surrounds,” Fairweather explains. “We are disconnecting from the individual voice,” he notes. “Now more than any other time in history, technology and the nature of the internet have created a world in which individual opinions don’t really exist. We are so influenced by social media and what everyone else is thinking. My work is based on the individual voice – who we are, and who we can be as our own people.”