Dylan Martinez


Dylan’s art often examines the boundaries of human perception. His work challenges the viewer's expectations through the manipulation of light, space, and the optical properties of glass. While influenced by traditional techniques in glass making, Martinez constantly strives to discover novel approaches to exploit the material and create a lens to view the world afresh.

His works combine several glassblowing and sculpting techniques to form hyper-realistic plastic bags from molten glass. To begin, Martinez sculpts the solid glass or “water” that appears within each bag. Next, he adds a blown bubble to the top which is then smoothed out before he begins to hand sculpt each fold and wrinkle. Once complete, the sculpture is placed in an annealing oven at 950° F and allowed to cool for 120 hours.