Luo Xiaoshu’s Glass Art
Professor Zhuang Xiaowei has noted that “‘The arrival of academic glass art transferred its creative focus from material forms to an exploration at the spiritual level. You could also say that it changed the focus of what the piece of art was expressing. It took glass art beyond the confines of formalism and merely being a form of decoration, and back to being a way of communicating ideas.”
It was under this theoretical guidance that I started my own glass art. In my creative process, I often ask myself: treating glass art as a carrier of ideas, how can we incorporate concepts and “language” into my works? How can glass art carry on China’s cultural heritage?
In my years of creative practice, the answers to these questions have become clear, gradually turning into creative habits and a guiding concept.
I want to describe things that I am familiar with or understand in a pure “language”. Purity refers to the intuitive perception of the nature of things, stripped of all appendages attached to the object in question, so they can be restored to their essence, origin and true form; purity means to reveal the essence hidden under the natural structure in its most original form, while it remains pure and complete in this unified structure.
Creation can be regarded as a mental image. It is what you get when you combine your subjective emotions with external objects. It comes from your personal reading and visual experience, and from your entire emotional life. It is a kind of déjà vu or repetition of imagery in what you smell, see or feel. I tried to select and filter these fresh and flowing materials, forgo superficial details, and highlight those typical qualities, so as to seek alignment of my subjective emotions with the true nature of things, to make my work drift between the realistic and abstract, incorporating intuition and ideas, and reflecting the ever-lasting nature of time and space. I hope my works will acquire a geometric, rounded and flattened look through leveraging the characteristics of glass and its casting process.
That’s how I feel creating my works.
At Glass Studio of the College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University
Organizer: Shanghai Museum of Glass
Curator: Chen Ying
Duration: Dec 18, 2012 – March 7, 2013
Venue: 2nd Floor, Exhibition Hall, Shanghai Museum of Glass
Exhibition Support: Yan Youqing
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