Artist Introduction

Water and glass have been significant tools for me over the past year to further develop my practice and explore fragile yet powerful realities.

Both these mediums respond to light in extraordinary ways and both can be incredibly empowering yet critically dangerous. For me, there is a fine line between danger and beauty especially with the underwater work that I do and this is something that has been easily translatable into glass works too.

For this exhibition, I’ve decided to share some of my most recent underwater photographs which brings underwater some of my hand made glass sculptures. In particular I have brought into the water hand made backgammon pieces, where I’ve used my head to model the pieces from.

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A landscape underwater photograph with muddy browns, sandy yellows, murky greens blues and blood reds. The image is taken from just under the surface of the water where a mirrored like effect can be seen, wavily reflecting the body of water. To the left of the image and gradually elevating diagonally down towards the right bottom of the image are uneven rock formations with crevices that have dark coloured plant life coming through them. In the middle of the image, on top of some of this roc formation is a small disc like object which looks somewhat transparent. It's colour is quite cloudy, yet you can see through it, and it has threads of blue and red randomly spotted through it. Inside this disk is a face. It is the artists face. The angle of the disk is slightly pointed upwards and so under the reflection of the water you can also see the face reflected. This glass disk is a hand made backgammon piece belonging to some of the artists other sculptural works. To the right middle and top of the image is water. The image looks slightly dusty due to the sediments in the water.
Working title: Fractals 01
A landscape underwater photograph with muddy browns, sandy yellows and murky greens blues. The image is taken from just under the surface of the water where a mirrored like effect can be seen, reflecting the body of water. This can be seen at the top of the image. In the middle further at the back of this image is a dark large rock with plant matter living from it. In front of this rock and at the bottom of this photograph is an underwater floor of varied sized rocks, light and dark browns and sand colours. The rocks have curved and sharp edges, many of which look like small pyramids with smoothed out edges, laid onto the ground. The sunlight has penetrated the water and has some beams landing on this floor and onto these rocks. Catching one of these sun beams and in amongst the rocks, in the bottom middle section of this image is a small sculpture which looks like a glass disk. It has a light milk like quality to some aspects of it, although the disk does look see-through and inside of it you can see a face. It is the artists face. This glass disk is a hand made backgammon piece belonging to some of the artists other sculptural works.
Working title: Fractals 02
A landscape underwater photograph with sandy yellows and murky greens and browns. As well as rock formations and a reflective underwater skin surface, in this image we can see two separate round disks. One black and one between being cloudy and transparent. In other there are faces. However in the black small glass disk – the size of a 50p piece, the face is producing out. In the cloudy transparent disk, the face is within the piece, hollowed out from within.
Both these disks are hand made from glass and belong to a body of work the artist, Estabrak, is exploring using backgammon as a tool of engagement. These pieces are backgammon pieces made by the artist of her own head.
Working title: Fractals 03

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