Diminished reef I is cast reactive and recycled Bullseye glass, combined with sand and silver foil. The piece is one of three sculptures of this series. I used glass for its transformational qualities and introduced silver foil to cause a reactive and volatile glass form during the firing process. Sand was used in the formation of these pieces and gives it a raw and earthy quality. Traces of the sand is embedded in the sculpture, reminiscent of its origin. In my work I explore commonalities between the human and nonhuman. The sculpture has what could be interpreted as human hands that are rising upwards. By including human-like elements in my work, I hope to evoke a realisation in the viewer of the commonalities and interdependence that exists between species.
This sculpture is not meant to be beautiful, but aims to serve as a stark reminder of the remnants we will be left with if we do not react to climate change with a sense of urgency. Prioritising business and fossil fuels above the natural world will leave us with an uninhabitable shell of a planet.