The Product of the Pandemic: Glass Globes
As the pandemic extended, my thoughts were taken over by this unprecedented situation, with fear for the safety of my loved ones and frustration at the environmental disasters this planet endures. My automatic reaction to this is to express it with glass.
In my opinion, disrespect towards the current ecosystem has led to the conditions for a virus such as this coming about. My response to the situation we find ourselves in has been to create a series of spheres, representing the world right now, considering global ecological and economic struggles.
Misshapen Glass Worlds.
As a sculptor, I consider the ethics of producing my works. I recycle and reuse, putting energy into being as efficient as possible. I often work with glass and enjoy the opportunities to reuse glass; it is great to consider the provenance of much of the materials I source. My friends are always bringing me their smashed shower screens, cracked mirrors, and empty bottles. I invested in a glass imploder, which smashes glass into small pieces, which I have been using regularly for a number of works.
The glass I have used to create the globes is mostly from smashed bottles, the different colours were then sorted to create a palette which I mixed with cement leftover from another artist’s project. The globes are cast in coloured layers like strata and have craters where you can see broken, jagged glass gaping from the dents. Some globes are sagging, miss shaped. One has a huge gash like the Marianas Trench.
The earth is precious, fragile, and resplendent. My magical visit to Japan and New Zealand early this year made me appreciate it even more, and I felt compelled to make these globes, which are a little broken.
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