Debora Moore’s Glass Sculptures are Rooted in Nature

Debora Moore’s Glass Sculptures are Rooted in Nature

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An installation photograph of trees

Installation photograph of Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2020, courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, photo by Ashley Reese.

As the end of winter draws near, I find myself daydreaming about trading in my parka for a sun hat and getting back outside for long walks exploring all that nature has to offer. Especially in today’s world which is full of so much uncertainty, turning to nature as a refuge and source of calm inspiration is welcomed.

The latest exhibition at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery (currently closed to the public temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020, celebrates that very concept of looking to nature to reexamine what it means to be human in such a chaotic world divorced from physical landscapes. The exhibition invites you to discover the wonders of nature through the artworks of four spectacular contemporary craft artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore, and Rowland Ricketts.

For someone craving warmer weather, I have found no artist’s work to better encapsulate the beauty of spring quite like the dazzling glass sculptures of Debora Moore.