Grow | organic abstractions for biophilic design

grow_sq_detail_WEB.jpg

I came to my art practice with a strong interest in biophilic design. Having worked in healthcare for more than a decade, I was well aware of the importance of natural views and light, organic shapes and forms to well-being. EO Wilson’s concept of our innate attunement to the natural world has been widely adopted as a key restorative element in our urbanized lives.

Grow | urban vine 15”x24” handcut glass alongside matte black grout c Heather Hancock 2019

Grow | urban vine 15”x24” handcut glass alongside matte black grout c Heather Hancock 2019

Growing up on the Canadian prairies I was surrounded by spare natural beauty. I’ve learned to find similarly spare, hard beauty in Chicago’s urban landscape. Setting glass alongside industrial materials such as grout, cement and metal points to the contrast between the natural and manmade worlds and creates tension between light and dark, brilliance and opacity, vibrancy and restraint, fragility and permanence.

Grow offers abstracted organic shapes alongside urban line and texture for a bold visual element relevant to biophlic design. Hand cut glass shimmers and shifts for an engaging visual experience.