Willenbrink Johnsen & Jasen
Throughout history, owls have symbolized widely varying ideas and experiences
to people around the world. Few creatures have held such a constant yet shifting
position in human mythology, being at times revered, and at times feared and
despised. While they are alternately associated with vision and perspective.
They are watchers - and we see ourselves reflected in their wide, knowing eyes.
Karen and Jasen are also watchers. They have taken the time to observe - to really
see - every feather, talon and branch presented in their work, and invite us
to do the same. While glass is increasingly being employed as a sculptural medium,
the level of realism found in Karen and Jasen's work is unprecedented. Combining
unmatched technical mastery with a profound love for their medium, nature, and
each other, these artists are using sculpted glass to explore entirely new territory.
(excerpted from "Owls" catalog, the 2007 show at William Traver