British – American artist, Joanna Manousis lives and works in the United States, creating sculptural objects and installations in glass and mixed media. She has earned numerous awards and internationally recognized nominations for her work, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Nomination in 2017, The Margaret M. Mead Award through the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center in 2011, the Hans Godo Frabel Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Glass' in 2010, and a Bombay Sapphire Award nomination for 'Excellence in Glass' in 2008. Manousis has created her work within major public museums and studio residency programs, including The Toledo Museum of Art, OH, The Museum of Art and Design, NY, The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, and Cité Internationale des Arts, France. Her work has been exhibited internationally at institutions and art fairs including The Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark, The British Glass Biennale, UK, Salon Art + Design, NY and FOG Art + Design, San Franscisco. Holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a First Class Honors Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from The University of Wolverhampton, England, Manousis has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.
Manousis is currently working towards a site-specific installation for ‘Beauty / Nature’ at The Toledo Museum of Art, OH to be unveiled in May 2018.
My work captures and animates liminal moments, revealing a world in which objects, beings and places are interconnected. I re-appropriate material objects as a device to lure and engage a universal audience. Through spatial configuration, context and material I use the information connected with them as objects to spark an extended dialogue.
I predominantly use glass in my sculpture to induce reflection, both physically and metaphorically, in the viewer. It is the transparency of glass, a solid state of atmosphere that simultaneously reveals yet barricades, that I find most compelling. Through the intrinsic material properties and associations of glass I use the medium to create installations that speak of human emotion, cultural identity, and the passage of time.