Glass is a fluid medium in Lisa Koch’s artistic universe.

Koch’s sea green glass sculptures, on display in the Porter Butts Gallery at the Memorial Union through Jan. 19, seem to vibrate and move as you pass. Her etched glass pieces have evocative names, such as “As Time Contracts, Space Expands” and “Over Time,” that point to her fascination with space and perception.

“Much of my work uses reflection: reflection of the viewer into the work, as well as reflection (duplication) within the work itself,” Koch writes in her artist statement. “When viewed through the lens of the glass, images and people shift and change, symbolic of how they change over time.”

Koch received two bachelor’s degrees in science — biochemistry and molecular biology — before earning her master’s of fine arts at Alfred University in New York. She taught a course in neon light sculpture at UW-Madison and curated the Women of Madison Glass Show at the Overture Center in spring 2008.

Koch’s work also will be displayed starting in June at the James Watrous Gallery on the third floor of the Overture Center.

IF YOU GO

What: "Flux" by Lisa Koch

Where: Porter Butts Gallery, second floor of the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.

When: Through Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Info: union.wisc.edu/art

 

 

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