Mary Childs Gallery

Alexis Silk

Energy, Illinois


Alexis's work is the intersection of a passion for fire, fascination with the human figure, and desire for conceptual expression. Her figures, sculpted freehand in hot glass, combine beauty, whimsy, and meaningful comment on human nature and society.


Technically, she pushes boundaries of what's possible.  Her glass figures are sculpted entirely freehand while the glass is hot on the blowpipe.  With work ranging in scale to ¾-life size torsos hanging in 6-foot tall steel frames, her largest figures are close to half her body weight.


Since receiving her BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Alexis has continued to study with glass masters such as Pino Signoretto, Richard Royal and Boyd Sugiki.  She has lived and studied sculpture in Madrid Spain and glass blowing in Murano Italy. 


Today she has work in museums, galleries and private collections in more than 30 US states and Europe.  Shows in 2013 include the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris France, and the Biennale, Florence Italy.