In my cast sculptures I enlist collective imagery, rendered in a direct simple style encased within solid glass, to tell stories. These stories are drawn from memories or impressions, sometimes my own; other times other artists’ biographical information.
For me, the process of working in glass in itself requires the spirit of collaboration with others and a dialog with the material itself, which, by its fluid nature, can become a catalyst for expression. As I work as an artist in glass I am able to expand my creative expression within the body of work through investigation and invention.
I sculpt and paint objects in glass that tell illusory narratives. The sculpted pieces are encased in sand cast glass forms. The cast pieces are assembled in different sections often stacked or nestled together and, on occasion, can be reconfigured. A successful work is technically sound as well as lyrical in the combining of images. Also the combination of images must express ideas of the story of the piece. The best pieces have multiple ways of reading the story.
I create my own visual vocabulary in storytelling. Using these totems I tell stories about the artistic experience and the ensuing personal relationships usually based on true stories of artists from history. The subject of these narratives is usually revealed in the title of the piece, but it is not necessary that the viewer be familiar with the subject in order to understand the concept because the metaphors are universal to the human condition.
Stephanie Trenchard has developed a very unique method of creating art using glass combined with her training as a painter. She first creates fully realized figures or objects in clear glass. Secondly, these are painted with a type of paint especially developed to withstand the high temperatures of firing glass. These can be mixed and blended just as with oil or acrylic paints. Next these 3-dimensional objects or figures are submerged into molten glass encased in cubes and rectangles of clear sand cast glass. Each cube or rectangle is created so that they can be fitted tightly next to one another or on top, making a totem like structure. Much sanding and grinding takes place to get the perfect fit.
Trenchard is able to handle the seductive qualities of glass to her advantage. She creates beautiful pieces of art without sacrificing the concepts behind each piece. One goes away from the piece with a desire to return for a deeper understanding and appreciation.
Born in Champaign, Illinois in 1962, Trenchard earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Illinois State University. Her work is in corporate and museum collections. She shares a hot glass studio with her husband where she has worked for the past 12 years. The work of Stephanie Trenchard appears in corporate and museum collections. Trenchard has exhibited at SOFA numerous times and has received numerous awards and honors.
1984 BFA in Painting, Illinois State University
Teaching and Professional Experience
2010 Master Casting Class, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, Washington
2009 Casting Workshop, University Of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
2008 Curated Narratives in Glass, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2000 Textile Design, Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 SOFA Chicago
Art Palm Beach
2013 SOFA Chicago
Art Palm Beach
2012 SOFA Chicago
Art Palm Beach
2011 SOFA New York Art Fair
2010 Mesa Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Arts Center, AZ
2009 Craft Forms 2009, Wayne Art Center, PA
40th Year Celebration: Glass Masterworks. Hooks Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
Annual Juried Exposition, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI
SOFA West: Santa Fe Art Fair, NM
2008 Glass, Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, WI
Professional Dimensions Collection, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
2007 Romancing the Flame, Flame Run, Louisville, KY
Women in Glass, Flame Run, Louisville, KY
Art Alfresco – Garden Inspired Art, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Blown Away: an Exhibition of Glass Sculpture, Hooks Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
Transformations: Artists & Earth Resources, Neville Public Museum of Brown Co.
2006-09 PalmBeach3 Art Fair
2005 Good Eats, Phoenix International Airport
Glass Weekend, Wheaton Glass, NJ
Textures Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 Vespermann Glass Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2004-10 SOFA Chicago Art Fair
2002, 2005, 2006
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
2002 New Talent in Craft, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI
Fine Glass Art, Carilyn Gallery, Dallas, TX Featured Artist
Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek, WI
Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2000 Women Artists, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Glass, Paper, & Fiber, Hardy Gallery Invitational, Ephraim, WI
Public and Corporate Collections
Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
Installation at Foley & Lardner Law Firm, Milwaukee, WI
Alverno College Library, Milwaukee, WI
Glass Installation, Sevastopol School, WI