Dean Allison

Penland, NC
“What would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?”
Cast glass, resin, and paint, 2014
Collection of the artist

 

Dean Allison has been making figures and portraits from glass for more than ten years. He begins with a life cast of his subject, usually a friend or family member. The final portrait, made in cast glass and resin, expresses the fragility and transparency of human experience through a medium that inherently captures those qualities. The artist notes, “I’m thinking about the inside/invisible aspect of a person and the outside/visible aspect that one creates and adorns for external display. Glass is the middle ground, the window to look through.”