If You Read This 2022
Blown and Flameworked Glass, Water, Steel
34" x 48" x 14"
If You Read This explores the power of generous, public vulnerability to create connections amongst strangers. A fragile glass message is submerged within a large, water-filled moveable vessel, complicating its legibility from a distance. Distortion prohibits casual self-revelation, requiring the curious viewer to risk effort-based, intimacy with the precarious. If, during such intentional engagement, the vessel is moved by direct human contact, its watery contents will spill outward onto the steel foundation. The resulting rust-based patterns reward the participant with a visible record of their fully realized connection with both the object and its maker.