As a “Green artist” I am concerned with environmental issues and show this in my themes and the techniques I use. Since it's not just the finished product, but also the process used to create the art, the work invites the viewer in to explore the underlying structures and themes, which are strikingly visible below the surface. The themes are all highly personal but also very universal, focusing on reforming and restructuring our lives and society to one that is more respectful of our surroundings.
The material that I use in my artwork is one of the least recycled materials: window glass. Unlike the glass made specifically for craft and art use, window glass is difficult to re-melt, and I have had to develop new techniques to exploit the characteristics of this material.
Erwin Timmers is co-founder and co-director of the Washington Glass School, where he teaches glass, lighting, sculpture, and metal work.
Originally from Amsterdam, he moved to California where he graduated from Santa Monica College for Design Art and Architecture. In 1999 he came to the Washington DC area and since then his sculptural artwork has been on display in an increasing number of local and regional galleries. He has received numerous public art commissions and is also featured in various private collections.
Erwin is one of the area’s leading “green artists”. Recycling, waste and how they relate to society are recurring themes in his work. Erwin’s main medium is one of the least recycled materials; float glass or window glass, and he has had to develop new techniques to exploit the properties of this material. His approach to art is multifaceted, incorporating metalwork, innovative lighting and glass design.