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Plasma Art-Harriet Schwarzrock


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Enter to win this plasma artwork by Australian glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock. Raffle ends July 18.

Raffle proceeds will benefit PGC's artist residency program.

spaces between: crimson paired heart forms

(wall mounted box 2 plasma hearts, neon/argon and krypton)
$2800 value
box h 32 x 32 x 12 cm

On view in person at Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Artist's Statement:

The heart is often regarded of as our emotional centre. Working with this form allows me to contemplate many aspects of being. From the subtle yet essential electricity with our bodies, to our extraordinary similarities and our small differences. These forms are similar, yet they manifest different qualities of pulsing energy and light. Wonderfully this type of illumination can respond to our proximity exploring interconnection and how we affect one another.

Intrigued by the mesmerising qualities of neon and plasma, the processes used to create this type of illumination are based upon early developments in modern lighting. As a glassblower I have been able to experiment with making sculptural glass forms to fill with this interactive light. These forms have inert gases sealed inside, including neon, argon, xenon & krypton. Depending on the ratio and pressures, differing qualities of light are expressed. Sometimes they have a warm glow much like an aurora contained in a bottle, in others there are lighting like lines meandering around the form.

Although the gases are invisible, when excited by electricity they reveal subtle effects and differences. I am fascinated by this interplay between the invisible and the visible, between similarity and difference.

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