Quantum series - glass
Contemporary glass art inspired by research into the science of Quantum physics and consciousness.
_"We all start from naive realism, i.e., the doctrine that things are what they seem. We think that grass is green, that stones are hard, and that snow is cold. But physics assures us that the greenness of grass, the hardness of stones, and the coldness of snow are not the greenness, hardness, and coldness that we know in our own experience, but something very different. The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself".
I have always wondered, do other people see what I see? Or do we live in a kind of optical delusion of life, seeing only what is pleasing or expected, needing a jolt to open our eyes.
Are we all visionaries? Living in a world of our own creation.
I use glass as a medium to explore the ideas of consciousness in this series of sculpture. The plastic properties of glass, the possibility of kiln forming and fusing, the ability to combine texture and transparency are uniquely suited for the expression of my ideas. I enjoy combining materials within the artwork to create a complex investigation into the concept.
This series has the quantum theory of the Observer effect or the Copenhagen Interpretation as inspiration. These pieces are reverse painted on several layers of glassand kiln fired up to a temperature of 800 degrees. The separate layers are then cold laminated to create an image which gives a sense of the three dimensional.
The sculptures are painted with imagery which reference the act of personal observation, an insight on the artists conscious definition of reality. Often images are created by building up the image over several layers of transparency, thus involving the viewer in the act of observation, the image only being able to be viewed from a certain vantage point, disappearing when seen from a different angle.