Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. This exhibition catalog captures the exhibition's dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds.
The glass art of Preston Singletary (American, born 1963) is rooted in the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight. Primarily known for his celebration of Tlingit art and design, Singletary explores new ways of working with glass inspired by Tlingit design principles. Tlingit objects were traditionally used to show wealth and tell stories by representing elements of the natural world, as well as the histories of individual families. By drawing upon this tradition, Singletary’s art creates a unique theatrical atmosphere in which the pieces follow and enhance the exhibition narrative.
Publisher: Museum of Glass in association with University of Washington Press
Hardbound, 12 x 10 inches, 144 pages
ABOUT PRESTON SINGLETARY
Preston Singletary was born in 1963 in San Francisco CA. He was educated at the Pilchuck Glass School and studied with Lino Tagliapietra, Cecco Ongaro, Benjamin Moore, Dorit Brand, Judy Hill and Dan Dailey.
Singletary, a Native American of the Tlingit Indigenous People, creates unique sculptures which are informed by the stories and images of his people and their tradition in art. Preston has taught, lectured and exhibited internationally since 1989, and is well-known and respected for his stunning glass forms utilizing layering and etching techniques which he developed himself.
In addition to consistently receiving honors and awards since 1989, Singletary was recently awarded the Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass, as well as the Mayor's Award for Diversified Arts in Indian Art NW in Portland Oregon.
“Glass has a defining historic connection with Native Americans. I feel that my work is an exploration of the material of glass and an interpretation of the feeling of Northwest Coast art and its symbols. Glass has an inherent sculptural quality that showcases another dimension. I like to think of the shadows created by the glass as showing a fourth dimension of the piece --a sort of a kinetic sculpture that is only revealed when the lighting is right.
I see my work as an extension of tradition and a declaration that Native cultures are alive and developing innovative technologies and new ways of communicating the ancient codes and symbols of this land.”
Location: Seattle, WA