Wightmans work explores the connection between human existence and surfaces in the home that we interact with on a daily basis. The replicated surfaces in glass serve as a metaphor for the realities of circumstance and experience. Digital technologies and traditional working methods are blended in a way that seeks to demonstrate sensitivity and understanding to material, process and idea. Hybrid decorative patterns are invented then deconstructed to create complex multiple layered compositions. Layers are screen printed and stacked to add depth, allowing the patterned forms to grow from the surface of the glass.
Wightman began working with glass as a BA student at the University of Sunderland (UK) in 2000 where she obtained a first class honors degree in Glass and Ceramics followed by an MA in 2005 (distinction) in glass. This led to Ph.D research that she also undertook at the University of Sunderland (UK) 2012 focusing on the development and integration of glassmaking and printmaking processes. Her research was funded by the Arts Humanities research Council (AHRC) England. In 2012 she relocated to New Zealand to take up a post of lecturer in Glass at the Wanganui Glass School. Since living in New Zealand Wightman has been awarded winner of the Bullseye: Emerge Glass Prize (2014) and also winner of the last, prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize (2014). She currently delivers workshops across the world ands lectures in numerous creative areas across the Wanganui School of Design (NZ).
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