Working with glass is challenging and fascinating. Glass is a beautiful and clear material that possesses transparency and flow, but at the same time it is very difficult to work and convey feelings with.
I work on two parallel bodies of work. The first is figurative and symbolic. One of the pieces that I feel best represents this body of work is the sculpture “Twist.” This sculpture portrays an image of a glass blouse illuminated by dynamic red and white lights. I created the model for the sculpture from a blouse to which I added ruffles and trimmings. The sculpture is composed of two parts created by fusing, meaning, melting pieces of glass on a plaster-quartz mold. This piece was inspired by the turmoil of many years, during which I have tried balance and combine motherhood with my career. The symbolism lies in the fact that women wear clothes considered “delicate” with ruffles and trimmings, in contrast with career women, who wear clothes that emulate “masculine” clothes, with formal and tailored lines. I see the curvy and soft lines of the blouse as a symbol of motherhood, cut abruptly by sharp and straight lines – the career. For me, this piece underscores the question of coexistence of two types of femininity side by side.
Another body of work is more formalist and deals with questions of color, shape, transparency, and texture. I explore the boundaries of the material and its physical ability to emulate different textures and colors in nature, and at the same time create artificial or more decorative elements. This is manifested in works such as “Whirlpool,” “Wild” and more.
Some of my works combine the two styles, the abstract and the figurative. For instance, the works “Form No. 1,” “Form No. 2” and others, where the glass functions at the same time as a material and as a symbol. Meaning, glass is a material with absolute transparency, which allows us to look into “something” or “someone” and discover what hides inside of. The passage of light through the artwork and its sheen reflect man’s uniqueness, strength, and capability. The areas that have a texture do not only stand in contrast to man’s “raw” parts, but also the parts where the glass is only semi-transparent. These are the areas that you cannot see in people, only after you get to know them better.
Like man, the glass sculptures give out a feeling of strength and durability, yet on the inside they are delicate and brittle and therefore require special attention. The transition from strength to fragility is rapid and often irreversible.
Ein Carmel artist colony, Israel