March 29, 2018 Coral Gables News

Artist Draws Parallels Between Honeybees And Murano Glass

Source: Miami’s Community Newspapers

By: Eliza Gonzalez

Photo by: Francesco Allegretto

The Coral Gables Museum is featuring artist Judi Harvest in its International Artist Series.

This solo exhibition, titled Cross-Pollination: Honeybees and Murano Glass, features a series of works previously exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Having worked with seven Murano glass masters, Harvest draws parallels between the fragility of two communities affected by encroaching urbanism and growing industrial economies — the honeybees and the Murano glass-making families.

The exhibition is on view through May 20.

For this exhibition, Harvest created over 1,500 different glass seeds, plants and flowers.

“I created these seed and plant works in Murano glass to further emphasize the sense of the fragility of life and the search for beauty that underlies all my work.”

Cross Pollination: Honeybees and Murano Glass is a rumination on seeds, bee pollination and plants as metaphors for life and renewal. Most of the seeds are rendered in luscious colored Venetian glass, while clear glass “frozen” seeds are inspired by seed banks, like the world’s largest, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.

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