Presence in Movement
How can the body be activated in present space and time? Glass for me has become a grounding element, rooting the team to the present moment because of its demanding nature. I have started pulling tubes and sculpting them in their brief moment of fluidity. Two assistants stretch the tube to full length and then I move and support the tube with gloves. We move in a dance together to bend and shape the hot tube.
We all must be physically present with the tube’s weight and movement while it cools. The only way to work with a raw physical material is through your own physicality. In this way, glass works as a tool to spark the awareness of the body as part of space and time. The sculpted tube becomes a fact of presentness of self and a remnant of a moment in time.