Laura Quinn

Tacit Breath II


Based on theorist Michael Polanyi’s writings on tacit knowledge, this work explores what silent knowledge of the material and making process the viewer can obtain through viewing and touch. The sweeping long neck and bulbous bodies evoke a sense of the movement, and inflation of the hot glass under the elongating effects of gravity during the making process. The spiked glass formations evoke a curiosity to touch, but an uncertainty of their ability to survive human interaction.

The combination of the meticulously handmade glass components with the silicone membrane, allows this work to welcome human engagement. It draws the viewer closer to the work, challenging preconceived ideas that glass is too fragile to touch.

Freeblown glass, ground and polished, with silicon and lampworked borosilicate glass

H33 x W19 x D20cm


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