Contributions by Mark Doty, Daniel J. Hinkley, and Patricia Kirkpatrick
Over the past thirty-six years, Seattle-based artists Joey Kirkpatrick (b. 1952) and Flora C. Mace (b. 1949) have collaborated in a joint practice that began in the hot shop during the early years of the studio glass movement. Since their meeting in 1979 at Pilchuck Glass School, the artists have created a diverse body of work that includes blown glass vessels with applied imagery and sculpture fabricated with wood, glass, and other mixed media. The artists, respected for their innovative work, have consistently explored seminal themes: principles of drawing as incorporated into glass, the metaphoric content of human relationship to nature, and the appropriation of materials to support a visual idea.
Kirkpatrick and Mace work together in a dynamic partnership in which ideas are proposed and refined through lively dialogue and innumerable sketches. Kirkpatrick most often drives a concept through drawings, while Mace’s signature adeptness with hand tools and inventive technical solutions allows the pair to realize their ideas through groundbreaking processes. Additionally, their mutual love of language—in particular the human impulse to name things—give emphasis to their conceptual developments.
The artists have exhibited, lectured, and taught internationally. Their collaborative sculpture is included in major museum collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Corning Museum of Glass; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Portland Art Museum; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Toledo Museum of Art.