Victoria Beach, Manitoba, Canada
Gordon Boyd was born and raised in Northern Manitoba, and after being introduced to glass a little over five years ago decided to pursue a career within the medium, moving to Oakville Ontario to enroll in Sheridan’s Craft and Design program. Enticed by the mediums’ beauty and difficulty, he was quickly drawn to engraving and other cold working techniques as an expressive mark making technique. Now a staple within his body of work, Gordon uses various carving and polishing techniques to discuss his struggles with both depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, exploring the ideas of beauty and suffering, as well as their relationship with each other. Each piece is changed into something new and beautiful only through the loss of material, becoming a wholly new object through the process of material removal, a reflection of how our own losses and struggles shape us in to the person we are.