Inspired by my background in labor-intensive crafts and my research of art and architectural history, I make artwork to explore how context, material, and ges- ture can encourage a life in which all things can be viewed as historically, spiritual- ly, and artistically meaningful.
I utilize the stories and associations that come with found objects to develop the meaning of my work. My materials have included glass swept up from streets, dust from the ventilation of a bible factory, blessed liturgical candles, and waste glass gathered from glass shops. The narratives imbued within these reclaimed materials come together to create sculptures which display a relic-like quality. This begins to blur the line between secular and sacred, thus encouraging reverence and curiosity towards every part of the world around us. I want my work to reveal the immeasurable potential energy that I see within the mundane particles of our everyday existence.
Morgan Gilbreath is a nationally-exhibiting glass and mixed-media installation artist whose work investigates the intersections between religion, history, and contemporary communities. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Glass, a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and a Certificate in Community Arts from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in Philadelphia, PA. Morgan has been a Teaching Assistant at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Northlands Creative. She has been an artist-in residence at the Creative Glass Center of America (Wheaton Arts), Pilchuck Glass School, and the University of Texas Arlington. Morgan currently lives and works in Richmond, VA.