Shelley Muzylowski Allen
Suspending creatures in moments of tension and recalling the myths and legends with which they are associated, reminds us of our intricate bond with nature and how precious and fleeting it is. From the Red Gazelle to the Polar Bear some of these subjects face possible extinction or have been lost in the tides of time. Some have been so closely associated with human history that we literally have built our civilization on their backs.
Using her background in painting and her understanding of anatomy and movement, Muzylowski Allen creates contemplative layered vignettes with hot glass to capture a moment in time and the idea of permanence - a powerful factor in human behavior.
Shelley's work is held nationally and internationally in public institutions and private collections including the Museum of Northwest Art, Museum of Glass - WA, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Fuller Craft and Henry Ford Museum - MI, Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg - FL, Nuutajarvii Lasikyla - Finland, Raymond James Art Collection, Toyama City Institute of Glass - Japan, Tianyuan Glass Center - China and most recently Fuller Museum - MA., and NZGLass - New Zealand. Shelley has been a guest artist in Studio Salvadore and demonstrated in Murano, Italy where she was among the first woman to work at and direct their own bench.