Capture the Nothingness

      glass, dry wood
      5*5*h9 in

      The Conservation of Mass. 

      When wood burns, the remaining mass of soot, ashes and gases is
      equal to the original mass of the charcoal and the oxygen when it          first reacted. Therefore the mass of the product equals the mass
      of the reactant. Mass and matter are not able to be created or              destroyed, but can change forms to other substances like liquids,          gasses, solids.




       glass fragments,  picture taken by macro lens.

     What else is missing? 

      I began the process while standing in the hot shop-the studio where        we work with hot glass. I looked at the used wooden block, which has        been burned away from heat over the years. Applying this idea to the        law of conservation of mass, where are the lost parts? The “smoke”          and “ashes” came into my mind. I thought of the air burning the            combustion process, of the burnt wood block shaping the molten              glass. A sacrificial act of wood being consumed slowly in order to          give another substance an ideal form. I began using glass as a              container, dripping molten glass on a piece of dry wood, in an              attempt to capture the burned wood, ashes and smoke.

      Smoke Penetration
      This led me to discover the beauty which has been coaxed out of this       process. The cellophane bubble blown by the moisture of the wood,          the smoke with the smell of fruit trees, and the surface of the            glass which was coated with a carbonized layer. A layer with the            color of silver, grant red and royal blue. An unexpected exchange in        this act of give and take.

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