My artistic practice utilises glass as a medium to investigate the infinite relationship between the bodily and sentient aspects of human existence.
The negative spaces recall the imperceptible existence of our consciousness. The voids are bound by glass connectors which mimic the grounding of the conscious and unconscious mind through a network of neural pathways. It is within this space between concrete form and the intangible capabilities of the mind that memories, feelings, and our experience of life are housed. Within the space between the glass forms and empty voids, I seek to investigate my place as an individual existing within the bounds of society and the intangible landscape of my own mind.
Viewed from afar, the vessel is evocative of an abstracted human figure. Upon closer inspection the object offers a complex surface created through cutting, grinding, polishing, yielding an ethereal shell perforated by organic-shaped voids. I have been exploring the techniques which have informed this work for many years, gradually pushing their limits in order to balance positive and negative space while maintaining the structural integrity required of the medium of glass. The inclusion of new elements, mirror and gold gilding, and the movement from sculptural vessel to multi-media installation represents a significant evolution for my work.
Yusuké Takemura, 2019