Covid 19 blog Glass Globes
As the pandemic extended my thoughts were taken over with this unprecedented situation, with fear for the safety of my loved ones and frustration at the environmental disasters this planet endures. In my opinion, disrespect towards the current ecosystem have 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.
As a sculptor I consider the ethics of producing my works and recycle, reuse, am 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: friends are always bringing me their smashed shower screens, cracked mirrors, empty bottles. I invested in an imploder, which smashes glass and I have used it in many ways.
The glass I have used to create the globes is mostly from smashed bottles, the different colours sorted to create a palette and I mixed this with cement left over 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, resplendent; visiting Japan and New Zealand in a magical trip 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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