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Spurchise, originally from Syracuse, New York, is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in glass at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He has worked as a shop tech for the glass department at SIU for the full three years while working on the degree. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a staff instructor at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio in Norfolk, Virginia, and as an instructional assistant for the glass department at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Virginia. He is skilled in both glassblowing and metalworking and has shown work both nationally and internationally. In 2014 he received his B.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Art History from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.
This year he is expecting to graduate via an “online public exhibition” showcasing his thesis work: "Here Be Monsters". Primarily a glassblower and metal worker, his current body of work is a visual cacophony of whimsical and eccentric sea monsters which often combines traditional Venetian glass techniques with contemporary glass sculpting. Utilizing these techniques and inspired by the sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance nautical maps, he is creating new sea monsters which parallel their predecessors by drawing upon the fear and superstition of the of the ocean. While some of these sea monsters exist as a representation of the loss of potential discovery, others act as a facetious metaphor for the unknown state of the future of our oceans.