Gundi is a glass artist living
and working in Ontario, Canada. She was born in Germany and lived
for 20 years in Chile before moving to Canada in 1973.
Her Glass creations are inspired by the extreme cold
and intense light of the Canadian winter and the sparkling icicles
that form around the waterfalls tumbling over the Niagara
escarpment. Nature is the real source of the vibrant energy and
flowing shapes that permeate Gundiís sculptures. These whimsical
shapes contrast markedly with the regularly layered small pieces of
Each sculpture is painstakingly
created through the process of cutting plate glass into small
pieces, followed by tumbling, then fusing the pieces with the strong
clear bonding adhesive. The fusing is supported by a mold. The
process results in multi-faceted sculptures which glint beautifully
in sunlight or with spot lights. They are titled Greek Vessels,
Teardrops, Kelp baskets, Blue Angels, kaleidoscopes, Waves, Sails,
Souls, Legong DanceÖ They breathe with life and light, in a
beguiling mix of brittle strength and supple fluidity.
By being a one person operation,
Gundi represents Studio Glass par excellence. Recently, she
has focused on the creation unique sculptures. This resulted in a
superb body of work that Mostly Glass Gallery showed for the first
time at SOFA Chicago 2001.
glass. Gundi uses plate
glass. Her initial work was monochrome, using Green Glass. It
is now increasingly infused with bold, colored edges. This reflects
Gundiís innate sense of design having worked on suede and leather
garments in the early 80ís. Recently
she started using White (Starphire) Glass which has given an
even more vibrancy to her vessels. However, white glass is
significantly more expensive, than green glass; hence the high
price of the sculptures made with white glass.