Preservation Vessel in Blue

Preservation Vessel in Blue

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Hand blown glass vessel by Alana Biffert, a master glass artist based in Calgary, Canada.

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Each vessel is limited edition and is approximately 7.5" tall with a circumference of 19.5" at its widest point.

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Preservation Vessel in Blue
Preservation Vessel in Blue
Preservation Vessel in Blue
Preservation Vessel in Blue
Preservation Vessel in Blue
Preservation Vessel in Blue
Preservation Vessel in Blue

Alana Biffert

Alana Biffert is a master glass artist based in Calgary, Canada. Majoring in glasswork, Alana completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Art & Design and went on to complete additional coursework in Venetian Glass Blowing at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York State. Alana has worked as a glass blowing instructor at numerous institutions in Canada and abroad, and has also collaborated with notable glass artists around the world. Alana’s extraordinary glass art has been widely exhibited at installations in Canada and the United States, and she has authored and contributed to a wide variety of art publications.

For Alana, making art is about introspection and contemplation. As the global pandemic disrupted our lives and accustomed routines, she strove to find hidden beauty in the resulting unfamiliar circumstances. Amid the isolation, Alana became more aware of what she describes as the “authentic consequences of time.” While time is infinite - forever changing and moving forward - our subjective experience of time is nevertheless finite, as each of us has our own beginning and our own end. Subjectively, death is perhaps dark and ominous, but it also limits the endless arc of time. Death, therefore, constantly compels us to face the ephemerality and beauty of the world.

Thus inspired to create the Preservation series, Alana created hand-blown containers, suspended inside vessels and completed with lids for total enclosure. The interior containers just barely brush the enclosing vessel as they converge, creating a metaphor for the tension brought on by the confinement and restriction of the pandemic. A dynamic range of colors were employed to narrate the emotional, physical, and economic effects of these changes. In this context, Preservation explores confinement through containment. For the artist, these vessels contain and suspend the unrestricted freedom suspended during the pandemic. On a global scale the pandemic plunged society into isolation, leaving individuals longing for interaction and separated from those who matter most. We were unable to properly mourn lost loved ones, hospital visitations were limited, and public health restrictions disrupted the interconnectivity that is the very fabric of human existence.

The Kindred Black Preservation series consists of five different compilations of color, each representing a facet of universal culture – a monochromatic compilation relative to death, a ruby gold compilation relative to love, a purple compilation relative to passion, a green compilation relative to commerce and finance, and finally, a blue compilation relative to emotional stress and anxiety.