Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery & Design Exchange
Waterloo/Toronto, Ontario - 1996
The collaborative installation Synthetic Earth
with glass artist Katherine Gray contains a mound
of stacked wax-sealed glass vessels holding dark
fluids. Each vessel bears a long collar with
a holster of crimped wire joint details. These junctions form roots for fronds of intertwining twisted wire links that slide and lock together making a helical geometry of ropy strands. Each link contains outflung arms detailed with hooked barbs, acting like burrs grasping and tangling with neighbouring links. A dense mass of these strands make a tangled shroud engulfing the glasswork contents of bile and blood. These contents are partly natural, from human donations, and partly synthetic, fermented soy and salt solutions.