am interested in the contrast between the modern and the ancient, the
organic and the synthetic, and the psychological and physical
challenge to translate ideas into clay. I hope to communicate that
which surrounds me, both physically and mystically--from earth,
gardens, and man-made forms to archetypal symbols and theories.
years I have been interested in psychoanalyst Carl Jung's notion of
the "Shadow." He describes the shadow as the place between
the conscience and subconscious, or good and evil. Jung
also believed that for humans "the shadow is the seat
The abstract figures in my work are represented as shadows. They are
at times the sculptural form itself, and at other times the portal
where the figure has been transformed within a mandorla (Italian for
almond). The mandorla form refers to a shape used in religious art
as the large oval behind the represen-tation of a single sacred
figure. It is the shape created by overlapping two circles, and is
seen in spiritual terms as the overlap between heaven and earth, or
dark and light. It is the space that contains the conflict of
Guion received her B.F.A. in clay from Middle Tennessee State
University and her M.F.A. from Clemson University. Her teaching
career includes USC Upstate, Clemson, The Webb School, The Greenville
County Art Museum and Converse College. Primarily, she taught clay at
the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC for twenty-five years and
served as the Art Department Chair for thirteen years.
with fifteen solo exhibitions, Glenda's artwork has been exhibited in
over 150 regional and national exhibits. Her work has received
thirteen first place juried exhibition awards.
reproductions of Glenda's clay sculpture are included in the book
Kathy Triplett, and three works are published in 500
(Lark Books.) She also wrote and published an article titled
“Making an Ocean of Clay” for Pottery Making
Illustrated Magazine, a publication of The
American Ceramic Society (July/August 2004 issue).
clay sculptures are included in public collections such as the South
Carolina State Art Collection, the Pickens County Museum, Columbia
College, Clemson University, Sumter County Museum of Art, and Middle
Tennessee State University.
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