In 2006 I relocated to Scotland to study for my Masters at Edinburgh College of Art. The body of work I produced was intitled 'Pulse'
The teardrop represents one of the most basic forms in the hot glass making process; it illustrates the simultaneous contradiction of liquid and solid inherent in the material. Within each cluster I created gatherings of organic forms encased in a protective shell which lend a collective sense of hibernation, growth and transition.
The work effectively portrays an expression of feeling through simplicity of form.
It consolidates personal experience and emotion through a sensitive dialogue with the medium.
Through extensive exploration on both paper and in the workshop I visualized and developed a form which is subconsciously derivative of the heart. By making reference to this I am dealing with the concept of physical and emotional vulnerability. I am commenting on the dual meanings associated with this vital organ: it keeps us alive, while its stylized form denotes an emotional function.
Lighting is an integral part of this project and effectively illustrates and exploits the natural aesthetic of the blown form.
I utilized the tension between symbolic, poetic and emotional connotation in the glass form, and the literal aesthetics of the physical heart, which could induce a sense of abjection within the viewer. I was interested in the connections between the fragility of the glass and the transience of human existence.
Ultimately, by combining such materials I strived to appeal to a universal audience whilst exploring a more personal journey.