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Fused Glass Statement

I have always been fascinated by the fact that glass is a liquid that thinks it is a solid. Glass that is heated to high temperatures behaves as a liquid, just as ice when heated, turns to water. Inspired by the dual nature of glass, this series of cameraless prints explores the nature of these transitional states.

The work begins with glass compositions which are fused by firing at high temperatures. This fused glass process mirrors the actual molecular structure of glass changing from solid to liquid and then cooling back to its solid state. The sculpture is then treated as a film alternative in the darkroom and the projection prints are reversed by paper negative transfer.

The work references the Color Field paintings of Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, Sam Francis & Helen Frankenthaler. I use large flat areas of color combined with inclusions in the glass to create elements of depth and texture to produce more complex volumes.

The graphic, whimsical contours are formed by liquid flow dynamics. This flirts with decoration but is supported by a deliberate examination of saturated pigments and the chemistry of colored illumination in the darkroom. Each print is made one at a time by hand. No camera, film or digital media of any kind is used.

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Carol Pfeffer © 2011
All prints are made by hand, one at a time. No camera, film or digital media of any kind is used.