Swell – Spill

Scoured and polished mirrored glass, motors, stainless steel
11″h x 14″d x 7’w, 2019

Since 1996, I have used a visual language of glass, steel, and motors to connect science, the natural world, and contemplative practice. In “Swell-Spill” I explore these links by using glass to mirror the luminosity of the ocean. As an open water swimmer, I am drawn to the atmospheric and kinetic elements of seascape, with its fragmentary reflections of cloud formation, horizon and sky. In “Swell-Spill,” slowly rotating glass panels mimic the visual impact and speed of the waves where I swim at Keller Beach in Point Richmond. The waves grow taller and move more slowly as they approach the shore, thus, preserving the energy in the wave. The reflective and transmissive surfaces of these panels send and receive light in reciprocal processes traversing the gallery space.

Glass is a mysterious material. The tensile strength from its unbalanced atomic structure can bend under tremendous pressure until it fails. This, sadly, is a metaphor for the tremendous stress we have placed on our oceans and waterways. The dark shadows spilling across the transmitted shadows of the horizon of celadon waves serve as a menacing reminder of the peril in which we have placed our oceans and ourselves.

• May 6, 2019

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