The Column Series explores the traditional tower form and conceptual works such as the compression column.
This series includes Tikkun Sculptures, Fractured Orbs, Solid Spheriods, and other forms expressing an inner spirit of humanity.
The Sequential Series, began in 1999, uses ribs of glass to communicate the concept of sequences, both emotionally and rationally.
A catalog of other series by Henry Richardson, including the Angel series.
While the sound of breaking glass calls to mind the image of destruction, I use fractured glass as an element of creation. Wielding traditional tools of sculptors, such as a chisel and hammer, I shape glass and then bond it using specially formulated transparent adhesives. My sculptures are generally recognizable in form but the materials create a visually and metaphorically complex body for the viewer.
In spite of the large scale of many of my works, the sculptures feel light, their heaviness reduced by their translucency. Each work has a crystalline or ice-like quality imparting both a timelessness and impermanence which I interpret as reflection of our own human condition.
While the public’s response to the work is varied, many have told me that they have found metaphors of regeneration in the sculptures. The forms suggest to them that we all experience trauma and emotional distress, yet are always rebuilding ourselves. I find that it is through these cracks, both in my work and in people where the light shines brightest.
My path as a sculptor began at Haverford College and has continued in a circuitous manner in the decades since. I have worked in many mediums including concrete, steel, stone and wood, but the mastery of chiseling glass has allowed me to explore more complex ideas than I could have tested otherwise. Part of the excitement of my work is the innovation of a new method, but the true joy is finishing a sculpture, a physical form brought about by the creativity that is only human.