In my bachelor project I was working with combination of glass and metal. My main focus was on copper and copper sheet. I have been using the technique of grinded and polished glass my entire study. Mostly I work with optical glass and different cold techniques such as grinding or cutting with water cut. After my semester in Norwegian town Rauland, trough Erasmus+, I decided for combination of glass and metal. There I attended studio Metal led by Arne Magnus Johnsrød. For the first time I was working with metal, mainly with copper and brass sheets, later also with silver. My interest was captured by its malleability, easy manageability and the difference between working with soft metal and hard, fragile glass. These are two very different materials, whether by transparency, processing, weight or properties. Just these were the contrasts and similarities that I wanted to use. Even my inspiration came from my stay abroad, I was enchanted by Norway, mostly by its wild and unbridled nature. This semester influenced me not only in artistic and technological way. New for me were also opinions of people from different country, their life and works, and therefore the whole environment. Rauland is small town with a population of 1700 inhabitants. Telemark University College is situated near the lake Totak. It isthe 10th deepest and 20th largest lake in Norway and it caught most of my attention. Its size and strength make a very strong impression, when you stand on the shore watching regular waves that break on the rocks or the mountains reflecting on a calm surface. Even the nature itself can surprise you, when it floods the coast after rain and you can´t go where you planned to. During my walks around the lake, I realized how the real feeling differs from photographs and my expectations. This movement of reality I wanted to catch in my project. That is why I decided to use difference in materials to create a kinetic object. I was also interested in works of famous American sculptor Alexander Calder. His objects are considered to be the definition of mobiles in kinetic art. I was amazed by how simply he resolved the overall shape, which is structurally solid but even the slightest breeze can set it in motion. This effect I wanted to use in my work. Light breeze or strong wind isan important element, stirring surface of water in lake and also my kinet. The result of my bachelor project is an object consisting of glass pyramid, reminding the stability and strength. Pyramid is limited by space of hammered copper circle, symbolizing the water. Just a light touch or blow and copper element starts to move, but only as far as the solid glass shape allows. With my work I wanted to capture my feeling of water that never truly stops.
Cast glass, hammered copper
October 12, 2020