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Published on March 22, 2021

Margot Glass

Grasses, 2019 Graphite on paper, 12 x 9 inches. Image courtesy of Garvey I Simon, New York, 2021.

“Close examination through the act of drawing has always been a method of committing what I see to memory in a way that regular observation alone cannot. Precision allows me to slow down and spend time with the subject matter; my sense of time shifts while drawing in order to capture the detail accurately. I find that my breathing and movement quiet down to adjust to this effort in a way that allows me to focus and tune out the outside world while working. Including detail and precision in my drawings invites the viewer to step close to share in the experience of seeing the subject at hand. I am interested in the history of using plants as ornament in the decorative arts, thinking about delicate filigree designs in traditional decorative and fine arts and the play on the tension between the idealization of natural patterns with the beauty of their actual irregularity, highlighting the detail in all of its imperfection and beauty.”

Margot Glass grew up in New York City, and studied art at The Art Students' League, Brown University,  Rhode Island School of Design, and Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work explores the ephemeral through still life,  nature and botany, text and communication. She currently lives and works in Western Massachusetts.