pate de verre crystal glass Sometimes I wish to half-close my eyes and escape into fictitious weightlessness. The clouds of... Read More
pate de verre crystal glass Sometimes I wish to half-close my eyes and escape into fictitious weightlessness. The clouds of whiteness give a dreamer space to dream. This spatial installation made of pate de verre crystal glass originates from the classical ballet technique, pointé, specifically Maya Plisetskaya’s video clip performing the Dying Swan by Saint-Saëns. The most difficult among all forms, pointé contains unbelievable precision and effort, all with the intention to achieve the appearance of weightlessness and extreem efortlessness. This duality was transferred to my work in glass, which sometimes requires extraordinary effort in order to hover in all its fragility. The project included bringing material to its limits to achieve its greatest possible brittleness, fragility and weightlessness, without buckling and breaking under its own weight.This installation is to be arranged to suit the particular space. The composition thus ranges from 5 to 25 or more separate pieces, measuring each from 50 to 160 cm across. It can also elongate vertically, depending on the space given. The clouds are lit gently from the side, creating a fragile dance of shadows on the floor and surfaces. In some installations, when it suited the space, lighting was programmed to fade and crescendo again very subtly in brightness, creating a soft, slow feeling of movement, reminiscent of breathing.