Glass, Ash, Salt and Coal Dust
Through a Glass, Darkly is a body of work started in 2012 and continues today. These works combined materials such as ash to create wallpapers and kiln cast glass sculptures representing mirrors or picture frames. The "mirrors" instead of reflecting the viewer, reflect another visage of ourselves and our experiences- they become a portal to scenes of wildfires and oil spills. At the beginning of this research I was also investigating historical optical tools like the Claude Glass (or black mirror), a sepia tinted mirror that some followers of the Hudson River School used to create picturesque compositions from which to sketch and paint. At this time I was also first beginning to work with kiln cast glass and to make objects that could be projected upon. The work became layered with ideas of perception, memory, and larger issues of the contemporary landscape, gender and environmental fragility.