Biography: Philippa Beveridge
Philippa Beveridge is a Barcelona-based glass artist and educator. She has an MFA in Art in Architecture from the University of East London and studied sculpture, painting, and glass at the Massana School of Art and the Barcelona Glass Foundation, where she also taught. She has collaborated in setting up and running international artists’ workshops. She also directed the Visual Arts Program Abroad for Syracuse University for several years, heading the glass department.
Beveridge actively exhibits in Europe. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Musée du Verre, Sars-Poteries, France, and the MAVA, Madrid, both of which hold examples of her work in their permanent collections. She currently works from her Barcelona studio, La Ventana Indiscreta, on architectural commissions, installations and sculpture in glass. She has received several prizes, including the Jutta Cuny Franz Memorial New Talent Award, and her work has been featured in many publications, including the New Glass Review, Glass Art Quarterly, and Neues Glass. She also has co-authored books on kiln-formed glass and mosaic.
“We live in a society that sanctifies memory, keeping traces of each story and each object sometimes obsessively. My own work questions the notion of temporality: absence and displacement, identity and a sense of belonging,” says Beveridge. “I work primarily in kiln-formed, cast, and surface-decorated glass combined with other techniques and materials. Using printing and photography techniques together with glass, I build on the theme of traces, highlighting the objects and details I discover to forge histories and construct identities. The resulting imagery, in photography or glass, expresses notions of time, memories, and sentiments that lean towards metaphorical interpretations in relation to one’s own past.“