In the seated figure series of sandcast glass I have captured the essence of a figure in calm repose, meditation or deep thought. The choice and intensity of the colour reflects the moood and attitude of the person and their thoughts.
This series is an ongoing series where I enjoy adding to the contrast of one's surroundings and one's inner thoughts through the expression of colour within the captured space.
The series began when I created a wax seated figure with the intention of casting it in bronze. When I set out to the studio to cast some glass I thought I would try using the wax as a template in the sand. I was quite happy with the result and continue the series as combinations of colours reflect my moods and those I observe around me.
I enjoy my time alone, in thought and enjoy expressing these moments in time in glass and colour.
So many things going through my mind. I have recently built a kiln at home, so I can now create more complex stencils for my glass work, ahead of a hot casting session. This will let me finally incorporate the imagery of my collage work with my sandcast glass. see examples of both on my website. www.lindafraser.com
I am continuing in the use of stencils and powders in a more elaborate way, in my glasswork. To this end I saw an inspiring piece of grafitti lately and this got me drawing ideas for new 'portholes'. Since the shape of the porthole is rectangular, once seeing the grafitti of a pair of animated eyes - I thought back to the days when I lived in a house with a mail slot in the front door and how you could peer out through this rectangular port and see who was outside the door. So in the ocmbination of these memories and the influence of the grafitti eyes, I created the following pieces. I hope to continue in this way for at least a few more pieces. Generating different moods and attitudes in the eyes will be fun!
The Pairs series portrays the intimacy of support between two people without the need to be ‘eye to eye’ they are able to support and cover each other’s backs
How do I describe these figures? By colour, texture, scent…. The immediate feeling or deep sense of a person captured, transparently, for all to see; the ‘taste’ of the inner soul. Normally wrapped in the outer display of wardrobe and accessories I reveal the inner spirit of an individual and represent their attitude/relationship toward one another.
I have recently decided to control the imagery in my glass a bit more.
To this end I am experimenting with some glass powders on the surface of the sand to create silk screen like images. After intial experiments I have decided to stick to more opaque colours, less transparent colours.
I will also tie these images in with collage work I have been doing for many, many years!
So here are some of the initial sandcasts that resulted from my experiments. These are set into cast bronze frames. This series will be titled: Floating World ...