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Biography: Molly Jo Burke

Molly Jo Burke
Molly Jo Burke

Her work looks almost otherworldly, but Molly Jo Burke’s glass objects are inspired by nature, biology, and the cellular structures that inhabit daily life. Using blown and sculpted glass, as well as ceramics, plaster, and wax, Burke creates objects that resemble succulents, fruits, vegetables, structures created by insects, and even oversized cells. “I like to magnify the details and repetitions that occur in our environment,” explains Burke, “I want my audience to feel a connection to the natural world as though the forms were once ‘living.’” Using glass as a sculptural element, the various shapes and textures in Burke’s work make her sculptures feel as if they could be animated.

Burke earned her BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design, and her MFA from The Ohio State University. She is currently an instructor in the graduate program at the Columbus College of Art & Design. She has exhibited her work around Ohio as well as in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, and in England.