Artist in the World: Norwood Viviano


About Norwood Viviano

Norwood Viviano’s work is about change. Utilizing digital 3D computer modeling and printing technology in tandem with glass blowing and casting processes, he creates work depicting population shifts tied to the dynamic between industry and community. By showing how landscapes and populations move and are modified as a result of industry, his work creates a 3D lens to view that which is invisible or forgotten. His use of blown glass forms and vinyl cut drawings are micro-models of macro changes at the regional, national, and international level.

“Central to how I engage with issues that fascinate me are my artistic materials and processes and how they manifest ideas. For the past decade, I have used both historic and new modes of mapping as well as materials of industry – ceramics, glass, steel – to investigate the relationship between manufacturing and population changes in American cities.”

- Norwood Viviano

Recasting Pittsburgh
kilncast glass and 3D printed pattern, 16” x 10” x 13”, 2020/2021. Photo: Tim Thayer/Robert Hensleigh

Recasting New York
kilncast glass and 3D printed pattern, 12.5” x 12.5” x 13.5”, 2021. Photo: Tim Thayer/Robert Hensleigh