Dimensions: L: 3 meters W: 3 meters H: 1.5 meters
Materials: Stainless steel, borosilicate glass, rain water.
My work is primarily concerned with the unseen forces of nature and science surrounding us, and is often manifested through the creation of kinetic sculptures. My current work revolves around the use of water as both a balancing element, and a pure material that speaks an archetypal language . These works are a development from my previous glass and metal sculptures which explored gravity, levity, balance and the space described by a fixed, but moving object. The glass vessels full of rainwater bring new forces into play. Evaporation of the water through convection and conduction will slowly change the balance the sculpture. Life will start to grow in the rainwater, developing into ecosystems, and the glass spheres act as lenses whereby images of the world are seen in reverse and light is bent and focused.
The primary goal of this new work is to trigger a thought process in the viewer through seeing and physical interaction, that leads to an awareness of the universal forces that are acting on all forms of matter and energy, and the constant flow between the two.
This particular work contains five borosilicate spheres full of water, essentially spherical lenses. The light transferring aspect of water and glass is something I continually explore through my work. Optics is something I’m always reflecting on during the glass blowing process. The fact that I blow the glass myself leads to slight eccentricities in the form, which illustrates glass’ light bending quality better than a totally regular object. Also, the objects are reminiscent of early, not perfect scientific instruments.
These water sculptures are beautiful and minimal, made from the pure materials of borosilicate glass, stainless steel, and rainwater. Form follows function, and the viewer sees science through nature, in a uplifting, expansive manner, through the heart, as well as the mind and body.
In addition, water is the most important substance on the planet. It gives all life, and holds the key to our survival in so many ways. I think and feel that to contemplate pure water, and what may be contained within, is relevant not only to our way of ‘seeing’ the world, but to our very existence.