Give and Take (detail), 2010
Borosilicate glass, rubber; Flame-worked
Photo: Carrie Fertig
Fertig’s work explores connection and disconnection, often involving interviews and collaborative performance.
Give and Take plays on the double meaning of the word take; meaning both to teach and be the student of. Concentrating on the breath-centric study of yoga, Fertig took up a yoga class where she collected the breath from all the students and the teacher in balloons. The breath given was then transferred into glass vessels and sealed. These vessels are connected to each other and flow through a larger open vessel.
Carrie graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA in Glass and awards and prizes during her career include the Scottish Glass Society Travel Bursary and joint winner of the People’s Prize at the 2008 British Glass Biennale. She has been an artist in residence at Chichester Cathedral as well as in flameworking at the University of Sunderland and has exhibited at SOFA at The Armory, New York and the Pilchuk Gallery in Washington.
Carrie is the founder and chief conductor of the collaborative flamework performance group the ‘Torcher Chamber Arkestra’ that use flameworking, dance, music and pyrotechnics to bring their technique to a wider audience with innovative and exciting performances.