Emily Liss

I am an artist working in the medium of Contemporary Art Glass, as well as the mediums of graphite, charcoal and pastel. I design and execute my Stained Glass work as free standing panels or within a custom window treatment. My early work was representational using the traditional lead technique much the same as used in medieval times. I later utilized the copper foil method developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in order to work with more abstract and intricate designs.

Growing up in The Springs, East Hampton New York in the 1950/60s which was a haven for painters at that time, my parents included in their closest circle of friends Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Larry Rivers and Bill and Elaine DeKooning. My exposure over the years with personal contact to the Abstract Expressionist painters of the New York School has contributed to my compositions an abstract design.

The two distinct elements in stained glass construction, as the image moves from paper to glass , are the drawing and the implementation. The colors are chosen first to make sure they work together before starting on the drawing. The color selection is primary. Rough sketches lead to the final working cartoon. Hand blown imported glass is cut to the specifics of the design pattern and is reassembled over the cartoon much like a puzzle. Each piece of glass is then wrapped in copper foil allowing for fluid solder lines to strengthen and finish the work.

Glass can mask or enhance a view depending on the design, hue and density. Through my designs, I strive to employ the qualities of the glass so as to enhance the total effect of my work on the environment at large. Glass art has many possibilities for mounting and viewing.My objective is to create a work that will bring a light-enhanced energy to its surroundings with both a powerful and transformative effect.

Using spontaneity , with an emphasis of color and the effects of light in numerous transparencies as well as opaques with rich hues, I create visual art. My upbringing with the involvement of the Expressionist artists has greatly influenced my drawing design. I have studied figure drawing and landscape art and I favor Abstraction design. I created a series of pastel drawings named Pastel Language. I used Asemic writing in those pieces. This has become my primary language in which I hope to become versed in. I aim to create a feeling of peace, movement and synergy in my work. I like the ability of graphite to shadow and the depth possible in charcoal however, I feel pastel. I communicate with pastels.To combine pastels is my practice and diversion. I revel in the multitude of colors. The possibilities are endless in Pastel Abstraction.