B I O G R A P H Y / Rïse Peacock is an artist who has pursued an education in traditional craft practices within the realm of glass, ceramics, and sculpture. In the Spring of 2017 she received her Masters in Fine Arts: Glass and Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and a Bachelors in Fine Arts: Sculpture from Alfred University in 2015. She also holds an associates degree from Jamestown Community College in fine arts.
In 2014, Rïse was the recipient of the KiKi Smith Fellowship at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts where she was able to further articulate the materiality of glass in relation to the investigations she pursues in her studio practice. She was also awarded a Women’s Academic Scholarship from the American Association of University Women, upon which she presented a lecture on the conceptual use of material within women’s arts and crafts. In the Spring of 2016, Rïse was awarded the Visionary Scholarship from The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Born and raised in Western New York, Rïse currently lives in Philadelphia, PA with her cat Sylvia.
Studio Review by Emma Roberts / Rïse Peacock's work rests between physicality and materiality. Peacock directly juxtaposes the monumental and un-monumental, not imposing a hierarchy on media. She uses layering to form relationships between the formality of glass and the humanity of organic elements like salt and honey.
Transparency reinforces the relationships formed between materials. Peacock asserts transparency beyond glass: tracing paper reveals underlying words, while sheer fabric alludes to the contours of the human body. Transparency suggests what lies within and beneath the visible surface, first present, then disappearing.
The viewer's perception of glass is facilitated by light. Light traces a line between Peacock's work across media. A concentrated spotlight permeates the human form in her performance pieces, which mirrors the light required to illuminate the strata of her glasswork. Peacock's dark conic sculpture looms above the head of its viewer. The black glass coating the mammoth form both creates and suppresses the function of glass; the structure dually consumes and refracts light.
Peacock's work functions within the interactions between material and the space it occupies. Collaborations between art and environment require the audience's surrender to physicality. The viewer's presence is required to understand the work in time and space. These experiences cannot be recorded by the written word; they are understood phenomenologically.