by Cristina Colli cm 30x30 - Slate, smalti, gold leaf smalti
Creativity lightly knocks on my door. Sometimes the gentle sound is lost, covered by the noise of the outside world. Other times – the good ones – I hear it and I know that all I have to do is sit quietly and listen, letting images bubble up to the surface and allowing them to become a new piece.
When I started working on Emergence, I had an image of a powerful force bursting from within, struggling to escape from the prison of a thick, layered armour. A metaphor of the effort to break the outer shell and be true to our Self.
I used thinset to raise the smalti a bit above the slate, thus giving the impression of something forceful rising from the cracks, pushing through the slate. I also laid smalti at odd angles, to increase reflectivity and give the feeling of something out of control.
Slate, a metamorphic rock that splits into thin, smooth-surfaced layers, was an obvious choice to represent the layers of the shell.
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