Greta Latchford is a mixed-media artist exploring the female subject, womanhood and the identity of self within that, using an innovative technique of combining glass and textile to produce richly textured imagery.
Latchford studied Visual Art and Design in South Carolina at the Greenville Museum School, Fine Arts Center and Furman University in the late 1980’s. She went on to apprentice with California glass-master Lorn Marshall for eight years before opening her own glass studio in South Carolina. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2005, she acted as the Art Administrator and Curator for the Port of Portland designing exhibits for the Portland International Airport through 2016. Latchford continues to work as a Public Art Consultant and visual artist from her studio in Kalama, WA.
My journey of self-discovery is personal, but it’s a universal pattern. Carl Jung called the process of finding Self, Individuation. Maslow referred to it as self-actualization; Joseph Campbell spoke of the hero’s journey. They, and many others, are referring in differing terms to the same process of living intentionally.
When everything is going as we’ve planned, most of the decisions we make are unconscious. Our choices are dictated by the structure that surrounds us. Most of us go along with the scripts we’re handed until, at some point, we experience dissonance between the popular societal narrative and our own personal truth.
Some people reach this point at mid-life, seemingly unprompted by outside events. Others are confronted by a great loss – a divorce or the death of a partner; a serious illness; the loss of a career or possessions. In these moments, everything we think we believe and hold dear can be called into question. But this uncertainty is the beginning of wisdom. It is the beginning of wonder.
In Hinduism, the goddess Shakti embodies both the power of destruction and creation. She is a powerful force of change. She is the great awakener, opening the gate to two paths. One path leads to an expansion of consciousness, the other leads to contraction.
My work communicates symbolically my experience of unfolding and opening the doors of my perception.
My technique is an innovative experiment combining stained glass with textiles. I enjoy the variety of textures and patterns that come from fabric and the range of finishing techniques that glass allows.
Having worked in clay, metals, glass and wood, I'm continually experimenting with unexpected material combinations - the pliable and the rigid. The interplay of materials reflects the interplay of energies that I'm exploring.