Shayna Leib is a multimedia artist whose sculptural glass and metal art reflects her intelligence, sense of design, and rhythm. Her art reflects her ability to manifest her diverse artistic background with her creative talents in an intelligent way.

Her intricate cane pieces focus on the beauty of a single solitary unit, which both asserts and subordinates its autonomy in a work. “My visual concept of beauty has always been fractal,” she says. “I am intrigued by multitudes of tiny little parts, for example, blades of grass all bending in the wind to the same rhythm. As you pan out you have waves of form. Zoom in and you see each individual blade of grass moving to the flow of the wind. Everything in nature possesses this quality.”

When she is creating art, Shayna uses glass in a unique way. Her cane pieces are very genuine, sensitive, and designed with sensibility. The look of her art is natural and subtle, yet her aggressiveness with the glass medium is intensely focused to produce original, colorful and chromatic works. There is a transformation through chaos. Her works derive pattern from chaos and possess a self-similarity.

The mediums Shayna works with are demanding, but she has the ability to tame them. Known for her careful, meticulous, and intelligent sense of design, the skill she exhibits in producing beautiful art is a product of her competence and her unique understanding of the extreme demands of the characteristics of the medium.

– Shirley Koehler

from the artist:

Two of the most powerful elements on our planet are nearly indiscernible to the human eye, yet we are innately aware of their presence, their capacity to soothe and destroy, and their ability to weave patterns where they touch. Wind and water possess no intrinsic color, are clear to the point of invisibility, and yet move through space. We see not their form itself, but can detect their patterns and shapes only vicariously though the objects they effect. The trace of water’s touch over moss and sea life, the wind’s passage over marshlands, through wheat fields and the fur of a long-haired animal — these two forces make their presence known. Their character is contradictory and fickle, encompassing fragility and violence, placidity and turbulence.

They leave their mark upon us and our external world. We have discovered some of their patterns and named them, giving them character and life: Kuroshio, Leeuwin, Sirocco, Charybdis, Boreas, Agulhas, the Nor’easters. I present to you the Wind & Water series.

(hat tip to Evan T for the lead, via Colossal)

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Before the Rain. Photo by Jaime Young

Before the Rain. Photo by Jaime Young

Sirocco. Photo by Jaron Berman

Sun Rising Over the Tundra. Photo by Jaime Young

Laminar. Photo by Jaime Young

Laminar. Photo by Jaime Young.