“Alice B.,” a multiple piece, cast glass sculpture by Stephanie Trenchard demonstrates the artist’s interest in culture and history but also cites the artists skill in uniting creative and technical aspects to create painterly, luminous sculpture. Stephanie’s castingsare created by making an impression in sand, putting in powdered patterns, then pouring molten glass (at temperatures above 2,000 oF) halfway into the mold. Then, she sets in her pre-made glass objects and draws in stems and leaves. Using paradise paints, glass powders, and frits, Stephanie is able to achieve luminosity rivaling any oil paint. She then pours more glass to fill the impression. The whole process of assembling each piece is very quick, lasting only about three minutes. Each piece then cools for a period of days. In “Alice B.”, which measures 21 x 8 x 5 - 3/4 inches, Gertrude Stein is depicted next to a pear, a symbol often found in Trenchard’s work. Alice B., Stein’s companion is placed near a chair, which symbolizes the home. A mask, which inspired Picasso also makes an appearance as does a lit home in the night. Each figure and symbol floats in its own world but is united by the colorful background painting. Although this piece has a modest footprint, it covers a lot of ground in terms of history, ideas, and presence. Tory Folliard Gallery is pleased to welcome Stephanie Trenchard to the gallery and we look forward to seeing more great sculptures by her.