FemUn Newsletter Spring 2008 28.1

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Newsletter 2008 28.2

About the artist

Carmen Lozar’s work includes diminutive celebrations of the everyday, small pieces that venerate daily life. Taking a hot bath, sleeping alongside a loved one, eating voraciously out of a garden - there is nothing particularly unusual about any of these events, yet the documentation of small pleasurable occurrences serve to provide stable ground in an often pessimistic and jaded world. An icon that reveres the taste of last year’s sun-ripened tomatoes also serves to remind us of the potential of future summers. These accounts often present improbable interactions with nature, appearing innocuous or even charming; they are full of the faith, which accompanies hopeful idealism. The pieces are created through the process of flameworking. Using a torch Lozar manipulates hollow tubing and solid rods of glass to construct figures and objects that are then sandblasted and oil painted. The pieces may lose some of their "glassy" qualities, but for the artist the most important attributes of the material remain: A sense of movement retained from the molten stage, and a sense of fragility. Flameworking lends itself to the creation of delicate and intimate portraits, which, in turn, highlight the overall intention of the work. Born in Illinois in 1975, Carmen Lozar uses glass as a means manifesting emotional perception in a physical form. During her undergraduate career at University of Illinois she interned at Bullseye Glass Factory in Portland, Oregon and attended Pilchuck Glass School as a Saxe award recipient and staff member. After completing her BFA she ventured to China, Indonesia, Thailand, and India to explore eastern traditional art. Upon her return she moved to the Southwest and opened a casting and flameworking facility in Tucson, Arizona. In October of 2000, Carmen accepted a residency from Corning Museum of Glass and went on to be awarded a Master of Fine Arts from Alfred University in New York in 2003. Carmen shows regularly across the country and was a demonstrator at the International Flameworking Conference in Salem, NJ – She will return to the conference in 2008 as the keynote speaker. Carmen has been a demonstrating artist at The Glass Art Society Conference in St. Louis as well as a visiting artist to universities across the country. She currently resides in Bloomington-Normal where she is faculty at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.

MLA Conference 2007 Papers included in this Newsletter:

  • "El humor de Maitena: autocrítica y autovalidación en sus tiras cómicas, y su potencial valor pedagógico en un curso para estudiantes de pregrado en español."
    Maria Elsy Cardona, Saint Louis University

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