Named for the Surrealist drawing technique, these forms deal with identity and discovery. Geography, flora and fauna are used as a lense to examine ideas of lifecycle, time, and death.
Both the additive process of inside sculpting, and the subtractive process of hand carving the glass become metaphors for the movement and erosion of the physical landscape.
Australian Skull Series
Platypus. Echidna. Water rat. Their forms are all unique, and reference the native Australian wildlife.
The skulls are hand made from molten glass, using contemporary hot-sculpting glass techniques. Once they are allowed to cool down, the pieces in this Series are hand finished by carving and sandblasting to give a natural finish.
This work distrupts classic portrait techniques and framing devices. The forms were created by hand sculpting blown glass bubbles. The use of inside sculpting tools allowed for the creation of readable human features, such as the nose and mouth.
Their clarity, stillness, and transience invoke reflection for the viewer.
Utilising contemporary hot glass techniques, these forms are created by sculpting from within the hot glass blown bubble. The nose, ears, eyes and mouth are created with precise tooling while the glass is made malleable through heating.
In this way, the forms read from both surfaces: the surface within the form and thaton the outside. The clarity and transparency of the glass evokes ideas on the transience of life.
These individual works are made using colour overlay methods to create layers of different colour. These blown forms are later carved by hand. Rough cuts using diamond wheels give bold graphic lines to their forms.