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It's no surprise Megan Biddle grew up wanting to be an artist -- both her parents and paternal grandparents were painters and sculptors.
She was first drawn to glass as an artistic medium because of all the dynamic possibilities it offered, such as hot glass blowing, cold construction, pouring and casting.
Although focusing on glass during her undergraduate studies (earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design), Ms. Biddle began to broaden her horizons during graduate school (earning a master's degree in fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts). She felt that working with paper, wax, plaster, metal, even film and video, was a better fit for certain projects.
Since then she has exhibited her work in many galleries nationally and internationally. Her current exhibit, "Gravitational Pull," is on view at Filmmakers Galleries in Oakland through Dec. 6. There is a reception Friday at 6 p.m.
"Gravitational Pull" includes glass sculptures but also a series of landscape drawings in muted tones with pen and ink, a projected video of abstract images, and an intricate metal sculpture installation that brings to mind a network of tree branches.
Much of her inspiration for this body of work comes from landscapes in nature. She has traveled extensively, completing many artist residencies in different locations, most recently at Northlands Creative Glass in Scotland and Haystack Mountain Schools of Crafts in Maine. There she found inspiration in a wide range of landscapes, "from forest and sea, granite boulders and moss beds," she says.
Based in Philadelphia, Ms. Biddle is an adjunct instructor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Although she teaches glass, she says she goes through periods of being very focused on glass and then moves away from it. "Sometimes glass is just not the right material to bring an idea to life," she explains, so being able to work with a wider variety is important to her.
First Published October 14, 2013 8:00 PM