I’m beginning a new sculptural body of work that utilizes recycled tempered window glass to tell a story of habitat loss. Sales of my art cards will help to fund the work which is estimated to cost me upwards of $20,000 to create...
While I do try to be as environmentally conscious as possible with my medium, I’m aware of the carbon footprint of glass. Tempered glass cannot be recycled, in fact the City of Calgary suggests you put it in your garbage bin to go right to the landfill. I’d like to give this material a new life with a body of work that speaks not only to recycling, but humankind’s growth and adaptation of the natural landscape and the consequences to Canada’s animal population.
The glass sculptures will be water jet cut from large fused thick slabs of once broken tempered window glass. The sculptures, silhouettes of endangered Albertan wildlife would appear almost ghostlike made from the light greenish hazy glass. These ‘ghosts’ would then be photographed in urban landscapes that have replaced their natural habitat, creating an engaging portrait of loss that the viewer can’t ignore. Examples might be a school of ‘ghost’ Bull Trout swimming through a grocery store, a Swift Fox walking through a building construction site or a family of burrowing owls sitting on a new community playground. The images paired with the sculptures in a gallery exhibition would have an eerie beauty.