"As an artist I always look at art from a different point of view. I always ask myself where do I stand in comparison to my colleges and where do I fit in in the entireness of the glass art world?
I always find that my approach to my glass art is different from a lot of artists. First I do not blow glass and I do not do kiln-casting. The two largest fields of glass art today. I do fusing, another large area in the glass field. Yes, but then I do not use the common fusable and compatible glass that is used by most of the artists working in that field. I use a soda lime glass that comes in solid glass rods and different diameters and I paint my cane with china paints. Another difference to most of my colleges is, that I spend hours and hours to achieve very fine and silky like surfaces. Most of my colleges use diamond wheels in a relatively fine grit size and then rub in oil to make the cuts more transparent.
I had a three year training in glass grinding in Germany and I smooth out every cut with aluminum oxyd wheels or natural sandstone wheels. You have to look very close or touch the surface then you can compare to other works in order to see the difference. I very often feel that my work is not so present or instant as the work of others. As a visitor you have to become more absorbed into my work in order to see the detail and understand it."
Salmon Falls Gallery displays Gabi's work along with collaborative pieces done with Josh Simpson.