My work in glass and clear plastic brings together two materials, deceptively similar in appearance, yet incompatible in nature, each imbued with a specific set of social and cultural attributes.
I use centuries-old techniques to breathe imagery into the glass. Then, through orchestrated melting of both glass and plastic, I stage their interaction in unique ways that capture their states at particular points in time as they liquify and morph into a new creation.
This process and transformation provide a metaphor through which to explore the dynamics of change and uncertainty on both a personal or human level and on an environmental scale. My pieces document moments in time in the course of this exploration.
Sasha Zhitneva is an award-winning designer and artist who has worked creatively with glass since 1995. She studied in Russia, Spain and in the United States. Her work has been exhibited in SOFA and SCOPE art fairs, and in numerous solo and group shows in the United States and overseas. Primarily known for her “signature style” abstract fused panels, she has amassed a diverse body of work that ranges from art glass and mixed media to environmental installations.