>The 30th edition of a prestigious and important annual selection of the best works in glass worldwide – New Glass Review (Neues Glas) has been published – and included was my work titled “The Tower” from my series of glass panels based on imagery from Tarot Cards.
That piece was selected as part a 100 glass artwork comprehensive study put out each year by the Corning Museum of Glass. 1,047 individual artists from 44 countries submitted a total of 2,974 images for selection by the judges. The judges for this years review included: artist Mieke Groot; glass blower extraordinaire, Dante Marioni; the head of the Rhode Island School of Design glass program, Rachel Berwick, and Corning Museum of Glass’ Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass. The publication, printed in Germany, includes commentary on the piece by Tina Oldknow :
To introduce my narrative category…(t)he more literal representations included the stories told by Debora Coombs, Ian Mowbray, and especially Michael Janis. … On the other hand, a truly big and dangerous event is depicted in Janis’s “The Tower” Tarot Card. Anyone familiar with the tarot knows that the tower, the 16th card of the major arcana, does not bring glad tidings. I was impressed by Janis’s powerful, sad, and appropriate interpretation of this card as a literal reflection of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
My artwork got votes for inclusion by Mieke Groot, Dante Marioni, and Tina Oldknow.