Pushing Shapes (2019)
Pushing Shapes
I make abstract work from the shed skin of our material and messaging culture. Where vacated shapes become sites of meaning and relationships between the body and the body of objects emerge. The clear, vacuum-formed packages that keep salads fresh and display children’s toys are my point of departure. The discarded containers collected from family and friends are both hyper-visible and invisible. They shift in and out of sight according to their function or accumulation and disposal. Intertwined with our everyday experiences they are placeless, abundant, ungrounded and everywhere.
I combine these hard geometric shapes into sculptures resembling multi-form bodies or volumes. I then make a plaster mold of the sculpture into which glass is blown: the glass vessels become a representation of the empty mold. There is a physicality to this labor-intensive process that engages chance, where breath pushes glass into the strangeness and limits of shape. The vessels seem to gesture. They lean. They slump. Their form communicates with the senses. Some pieces have protruding textured forms, like parts of a body or growths. Some appear carved or indented, while others resemble boxes. Questions related to visibility, corporeality, value, vulnerability and permanence arise from the associations we attach to materials and the way we engage metaphorically with the container. We map absence through abstraction and find a possible path to intimacy.