Kathleen Black, "Evening Flight," pate-de-verre glass wings, 18" X 18" X 10".
Pulse Gallery — $500 - $4,000
By Dina O'Meara
Great foot traffic is a plus for Kathleen Black, a Winnipeg artist who sells her work at the Pulse Gallery in The Forks, a public market and entertainment hub at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red rivers that attracts a million visitors a year.
Black, who has a BFA from the University of Manitoba, has been working with glass since the late 1990s, twisting established techniques by fusing crushed glass to form striking figures. Her work, inspired by an interest in light and time, seems deceptively fragile at first glance, but in reality is weighty and strong. She often works with p‚te de verre, in which a paste of glass is applied to the surface of a mold and then fired.
“When I look at her p‚te-de-verre sculptures, they look like they could just crumble,” says Lesly Dawyduk, the owner of Pulse Gallery, which sells traditional and contemporary art. “But you pick them up and they are solid, heavy even.”
Black also paints in acrylics, and her prairie landscapes and urban vistas. Dawyduk recommends Black to customers because the artist is building a growing clientele, which means her work is also increasing in value.