At the beginning of my art studies, in south of France, I used to dye textiles with plants. Natural dyes were teaching me how to observe and understand, how to affix or stabilize a pigment in the matter but also how to cook and experiment.
Today, in the two glass workshops from Munich art academy, I am enjoying the glass-alchemy. In the last 5 years I have been working mainly in those, blowing hot glass with lamps, drawing volumes with glass sticks and melting flat glass (fusing).
Vanitas Glass – bones & bones ash, glass, metallic support
Glass is a fascinating but temperamental material. As soon as one tries to melt glass, it is nearly impossible to mix it with other materials.
I did try to find out what kind of material could be able to work together with glass in terms of material´s resistance but also as a concept. Ash is already a component of glass and after several attempts, glass and bones’ash appeared to match together.
In that sculpture the glass is partially opacified by the white powder but the sculpture (2m/2m) remains transparent. Some bones pieces are giving a great relief to the sculpture. The shape is looking like a paravent in order to show what we usually hide: death and bereavement.
“Buste” : sand casting procedure, Body’s trace on material .
Two rams’ scales, mouth blown glass, work on lamp
Broken windows from galeries
I am working with recycled glass from windows. In some of my exhibition spaces I distroyed the window and melted the broken pieces together leting the room open. I gave to some of the sculptures a ‘paravent’ shape in order to stand in the space like a new open window replacing the missing one. Others are re-playing the shape and proportions from the original/missing windows.
gallery’s entrance replaced by security glass and broken
Broken window from Prinzregent Hotel, melted in a half sphere and exhibited together with its broken frame. 2016
More glass out of windows