Crystalline Conversion investigates the transformation of matter. The installation is comprised of suspended glass apothecary dishes in the formation of a half circle. Each dish balances a cast glass sculptural piece that shares the exact same weight and volume as the rest. The glass pieces shape shift from one form to the next, illustrating natural cycles of growth and decay, while retaining the same volumetric proportion. This piece serves as a reflection of our ever-changing, yet never dying, world. Our world is one of transformation and not destruction..
The stalks of these flowers are already dried up, but their blossoms are preserved and kept fresh by the medical infusion bags. The life-span of every living creature is limited. The infusion bags stand for the progress in medicine and the prolongation of human life. They somehow carry an ambivalent message as they refer to both death and life the same time. To preserve the beauty of the flowers artifically with the help of the infusion bags points out man’s inclination to repress the fact that he has to die and to postpone death.
I needed to post this because someone got me thinking about the Chicago World’s Fairby recommending me a book that takes place in this historical architectural event: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson.