For February we’re asking Utah artists about a specific piece of art or artist, living or not, local or global, that has sparked their curiosity or influenced their work. We’ll be running some of their responses throughout the month.
Following a successful 30-year career in the corporate world, Josanne Glass began her artistic life as a weaver on a manual floor loom. Now she is known for her use of strong colors in abstract painting. This may be as much due to heredity as choice, since Glass explains that she always has been drawn to “all things of Mexico” where her mother was born and raised in the river city of Tampico.
“Shortly after I was born in mid-winter in Bangor, Maine, we traveled to Mexico to get my ears pierced and get baptized – probably in that order. We spent our summers there, watched over by the same nanny who had watched over my mother,” Glass recalls.
“Shortly after I started painting, my husband found a book of his work I had wanted that was long since out of print, having been published in 1982. I pulled this book out,” she says “to re-look at his work in preparation for my response to you. I was surprised by the similarity in colors and textures of the cover painting to a painting I did last month,” Glass observes. The recent work, she says, was inspired by events she is undergoing with her mother.
A graduate of the University of Utah, Ann Poore is a freelance writer and editor who spent most of her career at The Salt Lake Tribune. She was the 2018 recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award in the Literary Arts.