Graduate Student Profile
Undergrad: San Jose State University
Jean Fernandes was born in Bangalore, India and currently lives, works and is pursuing her MFA in Arlington, Texas. She was introduced to glass while earning her BA in design at San Jose State University in California but continues to work in many different mediums. She has studied glass at a number of facilities including the Pilchuck Glass School, the Bay Area Glass Institute, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
I am fascinated by the conversation that happens between the artist and viewer through artwork. My current work revolves around manipulating the visual characteristics of glass so as to confuse and surprise the viewer, challenging them to put aside their preconceived notions of the material's properties. I'm interested in how a viewer's assumptions about an artwork change when they are more informed about the artist's intentions, media, statement, etc.