GLASSIX: ‘Breathing New Life into Old Glass’
Galway based fine artist Philip Rodgers setup GLASSIX to showcase his exploration of glass to reflect the forms, energy, and hues of the West of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara. His interest in light and how it behaves when exposed to glass and other media led to a concept to create 3D art pieces which capture the essence of the ever changing light and colour of his surrounding landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes. The novel exhibition of a GLASSIX piece in a window rather than on a wall allows the transparent and delicate pieces to come alive when exposed to natural light. Philip practices sustainable design so recycles glass by tumbling it to echo the smooth finish yet exquisite colours and tones of sea glass found all along the Irish coastline. Other mixed media used are sourced locally from the environment that inspires him including delicate feathery maple leaves, shells, and shattered reinforced glass in its natural form. Each composition is formed using the tumbled glass of various colours, which are handpicked and layered to create the unique compositions along with other mixed media. A handmade and hand finished solid wood frame gives definition and context to each piece.
So taking the marriage of skills Philip learnt as an art student in Sligo IT in the 80s, and the practical skills gained over 30 years working as a carpenter perfectly positions him to take the medium of glass and capture a piece of the west of Ireland that is sourced, designed and lovingly made locally. Philip also believes in the accessibility of art to all so has priced his GLASSIX pieces at a level that gives them an “affordable art” status. His pieces are pocket sized (current size: 9cm x 19cm and 12cm x 15cm) to represent a freeze frame in time, whilst also making it easier to send an authentic piece of Ireland abroad.
GLASSIX pieces are available to purchase by contacting Philip directly (contact details on his facebook page: www.facebook/glassix) or through ‘All things Connemara’ in Clifden, Co. Galway. He also creates commissions for private clients, which includes the marking of personal milestones such as weddings and the birth of a baby. Please feel free to contact Philip to commission a piece.