The playful forms of Alex Stisser’s bright, monochromatic sculptures resemble the chunky objects which spark childhood imaginations – plastic play food, Life Savers candy, brightly colored barbells, or a submarine’s periscope. Their gestures, when examined from different angles, recall familiar interactions, like those of mother and child, loud gawking teenagers, or a tumultuous couple.
Alex Stisser was born and raised on a family farm in central Illinois. There he developed an appreciation for making objects and working with his hands. An interest in ceramics and printmaking lured Stisser into art school where he soon discovered glassblowing. Stisser went on to earn his BFA in glass at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. After graduating, he worked for a number of glass artists’ studios throughout New England and eventually moved to the Pacific Northwest. At Benjamin Moore Incorporated in Seattle, Stisser worked alongside many skilled artists such as Benjamin Moore, Dante Marioni, and Dan Dailey. Stisser has spent several summers taking workshops at Pilchuck Glass School and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.