Sandra Ainsley Gallery

Catherine Hibbits

Catherine Hibbits was born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1974. After studying sciences at Acadia University, Catherine worked as a microbiology lab technician. Catherine’s love of the arts took her to Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, where she studied furniture design and glass blowing. Captivated by the fluid properties of glass, she focused her attention to this art form. The majority of Catherine’s work explores  social conditions; her imagery has a strong and deliberate narrative and she produces pieces that are both beautiful and thought provoking. Her work goes beyond surface decoration creating a sense of delicacy, mimicking forms in nature. Each body of work portrays a quality of place as she is inspired by her travels which includes living and teaching in New Zealand in 2000.

A love of the fluidity of form inspires Catherine Hibbits to design and craft magnificent glass masterpieces that have helped her soar to success in the artistic world. For almost a decade, the glass artist has been pursuing her delicate craft while making a strong name for herself internationally.

“The notion of landscape spreads across many worlds; I am especially interested in the intersection of landscapes between nature, humanity, and their discovery. Wild nature and its grand design exists regardless of human existence or cognizance but it is the conscious presence and appreciation that humanity brings to the observation, recognition, that makes nature beautiful because humans have the ability to understand their own part within the larger whole. Whereas the bee is attracted to a flower for its colour, shape and promise of nectar, humans are drawn to it because of its delicacy, arresting colour and scent. We cross-project both beauty and form of the body on to the landscape and back again. In my blown glass forms, I conjure images of flowing water, rocks and stones and hot formed iconic silhouettes that take us back to that moment of contemplative and experiential appreciation that speaks to the beauty, preciousness, fragility and balance in all that is living.”

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