Well the Residency has been an amazing
time to just try new things I’ve been
using the time to experiment and go down this list of things that I’ve been
wanting to try for the last two or three
years but really haven’t had the time,
the place, the space to concentrate on
that and having one month in The Studio
just deeply focusing on my work without
those distractions has given me a chance
to just try all of those things that
I’ve been wanting to do so that includes
slumping glass. This “Sinking Island”
series that I’m starting using found
pyroclastic material so these are rocks
from ancient volcanic lava flows.
So I’ve collected all of this material and I’ve done a series in the past called “Model Islands”
and I’ve always wanted to do these pieces again but actually sinking in the pedestals.
So that’s been a technical challenge and I’ve had the
time to kind of like figure that out while
I’ve been here. So those are the pieces
that are in black sitting around me
where I’ve created castings of that
pyroclastic material and then drop out
molds so that I can create these little
forms that will be the top of pedestals
and then these… these rocks–the
pyroclastic material that I was talking
about–are going to be made into
sculptures that sink into the pedestal
itself. So, utilizing sculptures that are
actually working within that
museological framework and finding ways
to create the strangeness within the
pedestal: it’s sinking, is oozing, its changing,
is something that I’ve been deeply interested in.
I wanted to further that kind of
body of work and extend it to
investigate the pedestal itself as a
site for something strange to be
happening in the gallery and not just as
a presentation that we take for granted.
Going further, not only do I want these
things sinking into the pedestal to
investigate that idea of the pedestal
itself and sort of manipulate that, but
also thinking about climate change and
all of the islands that are sinking into
the ocean disappearing as our oceans
rise and getting a sense of that, you know,
physical pull of something being weighted
down, and sinking, disappearing,
and those waters rising up. So, that’s
where the idea for “Sinking Islands” came
from, spinning off of that previous body
of work and this opportunity at the
Residency gave me, you know, just a chance
to explore that sculpturally all the
technical issues with glass and making
that happen
with these strange weighted drop molds

Sarah Briland | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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  • October 12, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I love the watery-ness of the black glass square you show towards the end. I would love to see this work when she completes it! Fascinating….


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