Shahla Friberg American, b. 1978


I’m introducing new mediums to interact with one another and hopefully creating another sense or sensory experience that exists between this juxtaposition of light and dark, hard and soft. It’s this ephemeral space that is charged with power and I want to capture that power in the space of this show. It’s a reminder for women to recognize the strength they have within, this complex, beautiful power they can, and must, tap into and harness.

Shahla Friberg's faceted creations are conceived and formed through a meditative, organic process. Beginning with a broad intention, she meticulously builds her pieces guided solely by intuition and instinct, allowing each object to unfold and develop into whatever her hands decide. She cuts varied pieces of glass into shards, some mirrored, others colored, ultimately connecting them to one another at differing angles using molten solder and copper foil, similar to a traditional stained-glass technique. Imagining rigid materials, like metal and glass, finally assembled into something gracefully fluid seems counterintuitive to the inherent properties of these materials, however, Friberg's comfort with her unyielding medium renders the outcome as effortless as her process.