Reluctant Gravities


Scholar’s rocks are naturally occurring rocks that are studied and appreciated for their ability to capture nature’s essence. The value of these rocks is based on 4 essential qualities, thinness, openness, perforations, and wrinkling. These characteristics are rooted in the rocks resemblance to nature and create a key for both appreciating and studying its forms. Using my background in glass, I worked with Leonard Marty at the Toledo Museum of Art and with artist, Molly Jo Burke, in the hot shop of the Columbus College of Art Design to create a series of glass breath shares whose essences could then be studied through a similar set of essential physical traits.

A culmination of Hold Your Breath and Exchange, the Reluctant Gravities began as individual bubbles on two sets of blowpipes. The bubbles were then blown out to specific diameters before they were heated up and placed next to one another in various configurations. Once the bubbles were in the correct proximity to one another we began to inhale and exhale into our own pipes, watching the bubbles inflate and deflate in much the same manner as the balloons but as two separate entities. Soon enough the fragility of their outer walls increased, and their proximity to one another grew closer and closer. One would inevitably break into the lining of the other bubble, sending a current of hot breath straight into the chamber of the other person’s blowpipe. This began the same inhaling and exhaling rhythm that took place in Exchange but added the factors of heat and time. The resulting forms were solidified versions of the force and velocity that formed their abstract topographies.

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