Details

Title

Melanie Walking Snail with Cart

Artist/Maker

Amber Cowan

Date

2023

Medium

Flameworked American pressed glass/mixed media

Dimensions

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Credit

Purchase with funds from Lisa and Ron Brill and the Elson Collection of Contemporary Glass

Accession #

2024.18

On View

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 306

An artist and educator based in Philadelphia, Amber Cowan creates work out of discarded scrap glass that she cleverly refashions alongside flea market finds to evoke the rich history of the American glassblowing industry. In Melanie Walking Snail with Cart, she overlays glass leaves, ribbons, and flowers as a backdrop to the faux pastoral scene of a female figure and snail transporting a cart of mushrooms while a horse rests nearby. The picked mushrooms and glass assemblage gesture to the practices of gathering and reusing that are central to Cowan’s artistic message of renewal.