(American, b. 1982)
Seth Fairweather was introduced to glass at Tulane University in 2001. He then transferred to Alfred University, where he graduated with honors and a BFA in Sculpture and Three Dimensional Studies. He went on to receive a MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and has worked across the country, both fabricating for other people, and developing his own artistic work. He has taught at private studios, public access studios, and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He is currently heading the glass program at Paradise Valley Community College, as well as furthering his own creative research.
My work deals with solitude. My interest and focus is on the individual, without the definitions supplied, implied, or described by surroundings or society. My interest is in creating an object that houses within it a space for the viewer to explore, to lose him or herself and disconnect from their surrounds. The objects and installations that I create are referencing both the natural and the mechanical worlds that surround us, and using them as a way to access a deeper understanding of the self.
Connectivity has become a constant tangle of communication that weaves around us like a web. Rather than being able to see and experience and consider things for ourselves, we shout out our smallest thoughts into worldwide airwaves and wait to see how they are received. We form opinions based on how our others interpret what we say and feel, rather than on what we as individuals think and feel. Over time, our individuality becomes lost in the onslaught of mass communication. My work, and my interest, is reclaiming and resolving the question of the individual voice.