Everything is interconnected. From the neural networks that compose our thoughts to the webbed-strands of galactic density we exist within, electricity flows in a majestic cycle of continuous feedback. We are only able to see the microscopic structures within our brains (and gather the data that allows us to "see" the macroscopic structure of the universe) through precise control of glass; we force glass to become a lens so that we may see what we are.
I engage with glass in a symbiotic exchange, allowing the fluidity and grace of the material to reveal itself. The work I've been inspired to make recently hinges on the transformative role glass has played in the reshaping of human consciousness. The window, the mirror, and the lens have combined to radically alter common understandings of our surroundings, and have been crucial prerequisites to the advancements in science and technology we have built our society on. Even in works where I do not employ direct reference to the visual aids glass technology provides us, such context remains inescapably latent in the material for me.
We will never know true Reality; the human mind is simply too mired in ancient patterns of tribal survivalism to fully grasp the nature of the universe. We are tethered to our planet's locality in the system, and we have barely begun to be able to see our neighbors. Thankfully, humans have been fascinated by contemplation of time, space, mortality, and notions of the immortal from time immemorial. Though I am biologically undistinguished from the hundreds of thousands of generations that have preceded my existence, my mind operates fundamentally differently from my ancestors' brain activities; the current culture that has grown from the technological observability of the universe has formed my consciousness, and I am excited to exist at a moment of such potent transition.
Morgan Chivers graduated from San Jose State University (2011) after spending a full decade earning four simultaneously conferred degrees with five associated minors: BA History, BA Global Studies, BFA Photography, and BFA Spatial Arts, with minors in Anthropology, Music, Religious Studies, German, and Environmental Studies. He is a current graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington, pursuing an MFA in Intermedia & Glass. Morgan’s work is exhibited internationally; his work has been selected for 28 exhibitions and auctions in the last 14 months, receiving 1st place honors from the Carnegie Arts Center’s “Imagining the Real” exhibition, the ArtBUZZ publication, and the Glass Arts Society’s International Student Exhibition Catalogue.
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