Victoria Ahmadizadeh (b. 1988, Allentown, Pennsylvania) holds an MFA in Craft/Material Studies, Glass from Virginia Commonwealth University (2016) and a BFA in Glass/Ceramics from Tyler School of Art at Temple University (2010.) In 2017, Ahmadizadeh was awarded a Fellowship by the Creative Glass Center of America, WheatonArts, NJ. She has also been an Artist in Residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA, MA, and the STARworks Glass Lab, NC. Victoria has exhibited in venues such as the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in the Czech Republic and UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is also included in New Glass Review #33 and #38, published by The Corning Museum of Glass.
My work pursues a line of inquiry surrounding the visually evocative nature of text and the boundary between text and object. I often begin by sorting through poetry that I’ve generated over the years. The objects I make are physical manifestations of this text. Through the transition from experience to words, and then words to images, I am able to complete a cycle of personal alchemy that redeems some of my most difficult memories. Glass is an anchoring element throughout the work, signifying this transformation and resulting synthesis; I view glassmaking as an inherently alchemical process. Ripe with the ability to create and translate poetic metaphor, glass can articulate moments on the precipice.
Go here to download my MFA thesis, discussing work made from 2014-2016