Mollie Hansen

Glass Installation Artist

This is a glossary of Terms that I use to describe my artistic practice.


Contrast- The examination of two seemingly different ideas, but may very well be the same


Organic/Nature- the part of the world that humanity is at constant battle with in an attempt to dominate and conquer, but never seem to succeed and should humanity succeed we are all doomed




Process- The act of making can be just as important of the product itself




Motion/ephemera-Nothing actually stands completely still 


Ethereal-The overwhelming feeling that you are beyond the present when encountering a piece of art and is what I strive to create in my own practice  


Interplay- the interaction or reaction… between 


Installation- the process of making art that as the ability to invade a space and bombard/confront the viewer with art. It allows the artist to work with a given space and not just a given object. 


Grouping (set), Series, Pattern – multiples of a practice, the same handmade process the produces a similar result, feeling, or object recognized repetition or purposeful repetition depending on the artist or viewer. (It can be both). This can be seen in Multiples, Scale, or Volume. 



Translucent- One of the most appealing properties or glass in its relation to refraction and color


Shadows- a temporary imprint of that moment that creates a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.



Swirl, twist, curve- so long as it is not just a straight line


Controlled Chaos-   Me/my life


Engaging- charming and attractive. There is something more to the piece other than the object and the viewer…there is and interaction the piece itself is interactive


Whimsical – Acting or behaving in a capricious manner. The act of creating by letting the piece create itself (making with only a little intention)


Space- A continuous area or expanse that is free, available, or unoccupied. The dimensions of height, depth, and width within, which all things exist and move. position (two or more items) at a distance from one another. It is the means of revealing the relationship and interaction between objects, light, and the viewer.


Texture- something that creates depth, movement, and meant to create the possibility of engaging more senses (like touch, but doesn’t have to be…)/ the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance


Growth/Gross/Grotesque- the unwanted and discarded pieces of the world that are representations of the natural world moving on without them


Gilded/Precious- covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint. wealthy and privileged.Something that is highly valued to the point that it is withheld to an extent  


Deprived/Discarded- lacking significance or undervalued. The unwanted or abhorred of the world or things not thought about enough…. 


Accessible/Participation- the ability to create a full and lasting experience that allows for interactions between objects, people, and a space. 


Material- The matter from which a thing is or can be made and is something I like to consider when I am making something (I would like to do so with intention)


 Art History-  The practice of honoring the artists that came before you and recognizing that you cannot escape their influences, but must embrace them