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Bubble Gallery

Work Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 

Bubble Text

Photos: Kevin Downey, Stephen Petegorsky, Lynne Graves, Sally Curcio

© Sally Curcio


Inspired by the enchantment of snow globes, childhood memories of imagined worlds, and ecological concerns, Sally Curcio captures iconic locales and worlds of fantasy in her Bubble Sculptures.


The Bubble Sculptures are miniature worlds made from thousands of brilliantly colored glass beads, as well as found objects, housed under transparent domes. Curcio creates imagined places like Metropolis; legendary places like Sherwood Forest; mythological places like Atlantis; and actual locales like Jackie Onassis Reservoir in New York City.


The Bubble Sculptures recall how childhood fantasies could easily transform everyday objects into imagined artifacts and worlds. Curcio recounts memories of leaning across a swing, arms outstretched, and flying high imagining she was miles above the ground. From those heights, she would envisage pebbles turning into cities and puddles into lakes. The Bubble Sculptures offers an opportunity to return to that form of engagement and play.


Many associations can be brought to the Bubble Sculptures as they summon nostalgia for the innocent perspectives of childhood, suggest the fragility of environments, and offer examples of imagined and utopian possibilities.  As we long for a more harmonious world, Curcio’s Bubble Sculptures counsel an openness to what may be possible.

Photo of Sally Curcio by Paul Specht

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