Beautiful glass mosaic 'Royal Braid' sculpture from the Infinity Series by Suzanne Vaughan. Measures 22.5" H X 11.5" X 4.25".
Each Glass Mosaic Sculpture is uniquely sculpted using a reductive technique. A light foam base is carved into flowing contours, and is then coated to create an exoskeleton. Each sculpture is encrusted in rhythmic patterns of hand-cut colored glass, mirror or gems that are selected to emphasize the character and form of the underlying structure. The tiles are smoothed and arranged into flowing lines adding vibrancy and intensity to the twists and curves. Collectively they entice the eye as the light shimmers and dances across the multi-faceted surfaces, generating a sense of energy and movement. Suzanne draws her inspiration from the gracious elegance and simplicity of natures’ design, the foaming swirling action of water, the majestic unfurling fern frond, and the upward reaching spirals suggestive of a twisting wooden spire. Some pieces explore symbols such as the infinity sign, where the form is stretched and manipulated to take on many personas.
Infinity Series: The infinity sign was introduced in 1655 by John Wallis as a mathematical symbol to represent an indefinable quantity. Having no beginning or end it both fascinates and challenges the imagination to expand beyond definable realities. It alludes to the continual flow of energy experienced by all living things and the state of equilibrium necessary to sustain and nurture this life force. This series of works explores this symbol in various forms from its conventional shape through to manipulations of its contours through stretching and twisting. It takes on many personas, at times playful and energetic, strong and intense, or calm and introspective. The light plays of the multi-faceted surfaces as if energizing the steps and stages of life’s journey leading us along our pathway. Nature Connecting with the nurturing energy of the environment has been a vital part of my adjustment process since relocating to Portland Oregon from New Zealand in 2008. Being immersed in a new culture initiated a search for familiar strands connecting my old and new life. Visually this inquiry found expression in the carving of a series of twists and fiddlehead ferns.
Royal Braid, Glass Sculpture, Vaughan, 22.5" H X 11.5" X 4.25"
22.5" H X 11.5" X 4.25"