Abstract 24 Influences
As in Northwest Coast Indian art, formline is used in flat glass art to delineate design units creating reference to life outside the work or else providing seemingly free-form structure.
Glass art in the Dalle de Verre fashion uses blocks of deeply colored glass that capture light and seemingly glow from within, this effect is combined with reflection and refraction from facets, produced by spalling the glass bricks with hammers. The spalled glass blocks are set in concrete or resin which provides the formline of the piece.
In my piece, waving lines of lighter colors create the effect of spalling as in the colored glass blocks, with color gradations used to re-create the effect of the irregular surface textures of those blocks. Abstract 24 makes use of Dalle de Verre techniques that for centuries have been used to produce a sense of awe and wonder in the viewer.