The Virginia A. Groot Foundation was founded in 1988 to award grants to sculptors so that they may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of their work. It's a foundation that has made a significant impact on the lives of many sculptors.
Below is a group photo, showing Candace Groot in the center surrounded by former winners of the award, two of whom have studios in our complex!
The visit turned out to be great fun. It's always a treat to talk shop with other artists, especially if they work in your medium.
After meeting Christina, I was intrigued by her description of her glass and ceramic work
and was delighted to discover her work online. Simply incredible. I especially love the glass birds embedded within the figures.
My subject matter includes babies, animals, and children as they embody the essence of vulnerability that is the underlying theme in my work. Currently I am exploring metamorphosis as a topic, and have been incorporating figures within figures in my pieces. Within each glass figure there is a smaller figure seen through the surface of the glass.
I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.