Moments of Thaw: 2012-2015
This series began during my time at Swarthmore College when I introduced magnets into my studio to solve a hanging problem. As with many things, I found another way to use these magnets in my practice: to connect forms through glass. My first piece was a tulip that passes through the side of a clear glass vase. From this piece grew many investigations of both animals and plants passing through various glass objects and panels. These magnetic sculptures have a complicated relationship with their containers for they appear to both be breaking through them while remaining in some ways trapped. This paradox is what I call the 'moment of thaw.' The glass becomes like ice thawing, and the sculpture is emerging in that initial moment of change.
I created these colorful birds for my show in September 2015. They do not include any cyanotype elements; each feather is cut individually. The body is covered in a neutral fabric, the beak is a hand carved wooden dowel, and the feet are made from hand-wrapped wire.
This magnetic fish piece was completed in the spring of 2013. For the first time I was experimenting with the Inkodye chemical to create the colorful skins of each fish.
Life Cycle, 2012
Fish Bowl, 2012