Sophie Glenn

Sophie Glenn

About The Artist

Sophie Glenn • Reading, PA

Initially, my body of work 'Rust Never Sleeps' allowed me to combine my education in steel fabrication and woodworking, other than using both wood and steel simultaneously. Though the two materials may seem quite different, I found many similarities in the techniques and processes used to make objects, specifically furniture. Ultimately, I found that the best way to highlight these similarities in the realm of furniture making was to eliminate wood entirely from my process. By recreating classic furniture designs completely out of painted and rusted steel, I am able to pay homage, and in some ways make fun of both craft disciplines and the history of furniture making. The pieces appear to be made of wood, but upon closer inspection it is revealed that the works are just not quite right, with rust spots, humorous images, or implied textiles, among other effects. I encourage viewers to experience wood and steel in a new light, and reevaluate their relationship to furniture.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I use a variety of techniques and tools to create my furniture pieces. I use tools such as the angle grinder, slip roll, and hammers and stakes to create the forms, and then I weld them together using my MIG and TIG welders. The finishing is also done with a variety of techniques, however the rust solution I use is a mixture of common household items.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Making furniture allows me to engage with audiences in ways that are easily recognizable and relatable, however creating the pieces out of steel is a way for me to transform their preconceived notions about furniture and the materials they are made of. I see steel as a malleable and imaginative material, and I want others to see that as well.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Very few people realize that my works are made of steel until they interact with them, and the realization is always delightful to see. I also incorporate a lot of humor in the work, through imagery, or silly titles that reference moments in pop-culture.