The Glassy Underworld \\ Shayna Leib
When using glass as a medium the outcome is part experimental and part intentional. The outcome of the final product is, like most arts, a byproduct of the characteristics of the material itself. Shayna Leib plays off of the fluidity of glass but does so with intense aggregation. While the overall effect might be able to be accomplished through a single unit, the aggregation of multiple pieces creates a textural surface that promotes a visual investigation of the depth of the individual pieces.
Leib utilizes the frame as a constricting unit of most of her aggregated pieces. This frame mimics the frame of the photograph resembling the images from national geographic of the coral reefs in the deep ocean. Leib projects the designs out of the frames and created an extended three-dimensionality to the glass fields.
Through the larger framed pieces you can see the intensity of the extruded forms supported by the color gradient achieved. If we look at ‘Andaman’ we can see the background is a beige field of tubes. As we move across the surface and encounter moments of extreme formal extrusion, the color intensifies. From left to right the color of maximum extrusions change, suggesting that behind the tubes is a rainbow field but that only comes to surface in conjunction with the formal intensity.
The glass works suggest an aggregated mode of field creation along with utilization of color correlation and sea creature figuration. The pieces are frozen moments of intensity for us to study topically and recognize three-dimensionalliy.
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