Monette Larsen – Glass and ceramics

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I create installations in glass that reference the beauty we find in the natural world.

I have recently graduated with a Master in glass from the Royal College of Art. But for me working with glass is a continuing journey that began almost 10 years ago. On the first day I worked with this living material I fell in love with it. I knew I had to continue working with and learning all about this amazing material. I had to explore and discover as much as possible.

This was when I did a 6 month glass blowing course in 2005, I went on to do a degree in glass at The Glass and Ceramics School on Bornholm, Denmark. During my three years on Bornholm I was introduced to a lot of different techniques and all these new possibilities opened up. I learned about the exiting world of kilnformed glass and began learning about how to manipulate the glass by using moulds and controlling temperatures in a kiln. Suddenly I was not restricted by what I could lift on the end of a blowing iron but only my imagination.

After graduating my journey continued in the United Kingdom working as an assistant to two glass artists and then on to do my Master degree.

The graduation show featured my installation work that uses many small glass elements to create large wall-based pieces. The influence for these elements comes from the underlying structure of corals and how they grow and move in the sea. I focus on exploiting the aesthetics of working with glass, such as light and shadow, and I aim to create static pieces that suggest movement whilst pushing the material to illustrate the fragility found in the natural world.

My practice revolves around the underlying structures in the natural world looking at molecular structures, nanoscale and mathematics in nature as a foundation for my work. Taking these influences I create pieces that reference and hint at the natural world without mimicking it. The aim is to remind the viewer of the beautiful living world around us and the importance of preserving it.


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