'Dark Wisdom' , Hot Sculpted and Blown Glass - Through the use of animals to metaphorically communicate aspects of human relationships and interactions, it allows me to have a deeper interaction with the viewer, as I believe people empathise with animals more than humans. Animals are a rich source of inspiration throughout time, where different cultures have pulled from characteristics of many animals, in fear or awe of them. I hope to reflect the ways in which ancient cultures have idolised and associated these particular subjects with animals, and use them in a way to communicate human feelings. The subject at hand in this sculpture is that of the sacred Ibis. Ancient civilisations believe it to be the bird of wisdom and knowledge, and in a crossover of times and cultures, I interjected in into object forms that were used during Renaissance ritualistic wedding ceremony gifts. The narrative of this piece speaks to that of, intelligence doesn’t make you good in the ways of the heart…

'Fragile Architecture', Hot Sculpted and Blown Glass - These sculptural forms, titled ’Canopic Colitis’, draws from a more personal experience. The form of the piece takes shape of Egyptian canonic jars with a contemporary twist. The ancient canopic jars would be found in four different elements. That of a jackal, human, monkey and falcon head, which all were to preserve a particular body organ. However, the falcon head canonic jar was reserved to host the mummified intestines. Around ten yers ago, I had to have complex surgery which resulted in me having my large intestines removed, so if I was to be mummified, that jar would be empty! The cause of this was the illness Ulcerative Colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease which shares a close relationship with Crohns disease. Through these pieces, I wanted to bring awareness of the condition, but also use it as inspiration for the pattern work and forms in the piece, as it has been such a significant part of my life. Within the piece there is a deeper theme of relationships, where the taller falcon is watching over her ‘offspring’, representing the emotional intensity that the mother is experiencing. The twisted cane work is symbolic of the intestines, the piece is hot sculpted, blown and sandblasted glass.

'Black Sheep", Hot Sculpted and Blown Glass - The symbolic connotations related to the sheep is that they are followers and the opposite of ambitious. They are described innocently as ‘the lamb to the slaughter’ or in a more religious context as the metaphorical ‘herd’, a community or a collective. However, the ‘black sheep’ is a different matter. We can all relate to the idea of being the 'black sheep’ at some point, feeling like your different, or an outsider, which for me emulates the feelings of travelling alone. In the sculpture, the intimate moment is being captured between two black sheep, drawing on family relationships, understandings and identity with this notion of being distant physically but remembering your ‘tribe'. 

'Canopic Colitis', Hot Sculpted and Blown Glass - These sculptural forms, titled ’Canopic Colitis’, draws from a more personal experience. The form of the piece takes shape of Egyptian canonic jars with a contemporary twist. The ancient canopic jars would be found in four different elements. That of a jackal, human, monkey and falcon head, which all were to preserve a particular body organ. However, the falcon head canonic jar was reserved to host the mummified intestines. Around ten yers ago, I had to have complex surgery which resulted in me having my large intestines removed, so if I was to be mummified, that jar would be empty! The cause of this was the illness Ulcerative Colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease which shares a close relationship with Crohns disease. Through these pieces, I wanted to bring awareness of the condition, but also use it as inspiration for the pattern work and forms in the piece, as it has been such a significant part of my life. Within the piece there is a deeper theme of relationships, where the taller falcon is watching over her ‘offspring’, representing the emotional intensity that the mother is experiencing. The twisted cane work is symbolic of the intestines, the piece is hot sculpted, blown and sandblasted glass.

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