Between Life and Death - Mixed Fused Glass and Plate Glass
Making art is the driving force of my life, and my work reflects my experiences. As a result, sharing my art is as personal as sharing a journal. I created this piece in 2008 during a time of great turmoil, where doing the impossible was on my daily to-do list. In 2017 I took a fall, which resulted in a mild Traumatic Brain Injury, a broken arm, and many vision issues. Recovery has felt daunting, sometimes impossible. But I am experiencing some improvement with my vision, and the impossible seems possible, once more.
My introduction to, and love of, the glass arts began in 1992 when I took a stained-glass class, which led me to explore torch work before discovering my true passion—fusing. My work often incorporates words, some visible, some hidden. As my love of glass art grew over the years, I became a volunteer and an instructor at Pratt Fine Art. Ten years into my glass art experiments I unearthed some surprising family history: my Great-Great Grandfather Stephen Slack was an illegal immigrant from England who was also a glass artist. He created stained glass windows for churches and cathedrals from coast-to-coast, including Battell Chapel at Yale University.
Over the years my art has been juried into the 2009 Artist Trust EDGE program, and featured in an episode of the TV series Prison Wives on the Investigation Discovery Network. I was selected as the official featured glass artist of the 2009 Pride, where I created a float with glass panels and was included in a Pride art exhibit. In addition, my work has been purchased by several prominent art collectors.
Juli is an entrepreneur, community volunteer and social justice activist. For more information, check out her site: julisipe.com