Update from isolation: the Covid-19 Blog – 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. 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 Glass Globes, representing the world right now, considering global ecological and economic struggles.
As a sculptor, I consider the ethics of producing my works and recycling, reusing, and 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: friends are always bringing me their smashed shower screens, cracked mirrors, and empty bottles. I invested in an imploder, which smashes glass which I then use 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, and resplendent; visiting Japan and New Zealand on 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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