Artist's Statement

"I am primarily interested in the personal expression of ideas and feelings and how the resulting sculptures fit into the environment of our lives. I believe strongly in the uniqueness of my own vision and strive to express it in the purest and most honest way possible. This often means stepping completely away from the traditional forms that have always been associated with my chosen medium (glass) and embracing forms, materials, and techniques that are not only non-traditional, but even controversial. I believe in breaking rules to achieve what I want and revel in the disapproval this approach often generates. I identify myself less and less with the material and technique of glass and more and more simply with living the life of an artist, making work that fulfills my need to be creative.

The objects I create are narratives… personal vignettes that reveal the secrets of my innermost thoughts. These are often mysteries even to me until the creative process reveals them and so the work becomes a form of self-discovery. The work provides me with a path to understanding things that I otherwise would not be aware of and sharing them with others who can then identify those things within themselves."

Robert Mickelsen - 2010