Wheaton Conversations: Fall Fellows
Eriko Kobayashi, Sadhbh Mowlds,
& Ndivhuho Rasengani
Free via Zoom
6 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2023
Meet WheatonArts current Creative Glass Fellows, artists Eriko Kobayashi, Sadhbh Mowlds, and Ndivhuho Rasengani! This international group hails from Japan, Ireland, and South Africa, and will discuss their unique, individual experiences and creative processes. Join us as we consider technique, approach, and problem-solving with these dynamic emerging artists as they share what they have been exploring during their Fellowship at WheatonArts.
Eriko Kobayashi (b.Tokyo, Japan) fell in love with the color and texture of glass in 2014. This fascination led her to study at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan (2016) and later pursue her MFA in Glass at Southern Illinois University (2022). Kobayashi recently relocated to Seattle to continue her career in glass. She introduces playfulness to the technically demanding glass works that are positive, energetic, and playful to experience. She utilizes forms we encounter in our everyday lives to engage her viewer with the familiar but also to challenge them to question and rethink these objects.
Sadhbh Mowlds is an Irish sculptor who was born and raised in Dublin. After receiving her bachelor’s in Glass from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2014), she left Ireland for Germany. There, she became part of the Berlin Glas team, working closely with artists and designers on one-of-a-kind commissions. In 2019 she moved to the U.S., where she received her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2022). Mowlds works with a variety of materials and processes to create bizarre, bodily sculptures that initiate difficult yet necessary conversations about the effects of living in pre-constructed societies.
Ndivhuho Rasengani (Johannesburg, South Africa) is an AICAD Teaching Fellow at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He earned an MFA Sculpture in 2021 at Rhode Island School of Design and his Honours in Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2018. Rasengani creates wholesome connections between materials and artifacts for daily living. His sculptures, installations, and functional objects explore transfiguration and construction through deconstruction, with an acute awareness and utilization of light as a material and change agent. He has a tendency to shift and reshape industrial materials and images in a way that underscores built-in narratives and creates new ones around Afrocentric histories and stories.