SUSAN TAYLOR GLASGOW
2019 January exhibit
For returning artist Susan Taylor Glasgow, the feminine role is a conflicted one, full of prescriptions and praise for domestic talents, and difficult to embrace without some sense of subversion. In her own, innovative manner, she has found a way to do both–embrace and subvert–as she sews an unyielding medium, bakes inedible creations, and stitches glass clothing that no one can functionally wear. She says, “For years I believed my work was about myself. But ultimately my work is about my mother. With the sewing and cooking skills she passed on, I am able to indulge my own notions of domestic role-playing. My work embraces [those] feminine ideals, but in a contrary material, offering conflicting messages of comfort and expectation.”
Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Susan Taylor Glasgow currently resides in Columbia, Missouri. A product of a post-war home with very traditional gender roles, Susan was schooled in all of the tools of domesticity: cooking, cleaning and sewing. Utilizing her skills as a seamstress, Susan developed a unique approach to glass, stitching components together to create complex forms and scenes that borrow from the dramatic dichotomy of gender imagery from the 1950's. Glasgow's work is smart and rife with personal history paired with subtle commentary on cultural expectations. The fragility of her chosen medium, glass, paired against the explorations of femininity results in work that is both alluring and intrepid, witty and seductive.