The format for my marble investigation is the Population Portrait Marble Jar series. To me, the Population Portrait is a reflection of life. The individual is concurrently asserting itself and being absorbed by something much bigger than itself. Each marble sacrifices some autonomy for the power of the group yet retains its unique voice.
My vision of the Population Portrait as a gestalt guided my marble making decisions. My goal was to explore how radically different designs and techniques could be within a well-defined category such as marbles. By drawing upon historical glass techniques and diverse color, graphic, and iconographic formats; Population Portrait IX is a historic and cornucopian homage to human creativity in glass.
With a comprehensive and purposive use of color and format, the Population Portraits are archival presentations of my successful marble realizations. Only the marbles that achieve my aesthetic intentions are selected and orchestrated in a Population Portrait Jar. The myriad complex issues, that preceded the resolution of Population Portrait IX, are now characterized by deceptive simplicity and succinct relevance.
Population Portrait IX is the fifth generation of Marble Jar portraits. This edition of six, was four years in design and execution. It is the final comprehensive heterogeneous portrait. Previous editions were; 1990, Population Portrait VIII, edition of six; 1988, Population Portrait VII, edition of five; 1986, Population Portrait VI, edition of four;
and the 1985, Population Portrait V, edition of two.