Holding Water, is part of a set of works that combine hand fabricated glass elements with projected digital media.
The hand blown glass elements of Holding Water were created at a residency at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington where Utterback worked with master glassblowers to produce the custom glass elements in this series. The glass in Holding Water was blown by Dante Marioni.
In this work, an overhead projector illuminates the inside of four different vessels with video of different clips of water. Ripples flow across the vessels, water skimmers play, an occasional duck paddles by, but it is clear that the vessels are really holding nothing but light.
This piece was first shown at Utterback’s solo show Sustaining Presence at The Stanford Art Gallery in 2017.