Sailing Away: the Emigrant (2016)

158 cm W x 91 cm H x 15 cm D (60" W x 36" H x 6" D); 37 kg (82 lb)

About the design: “Sailing Away: the Emigrant” is a fusion artwork in an anthropologic key. This work advances the benefits of the tri-dimensional potential of stained glass and the employment of non-traditional elements that expand its expression capability.

The Yarns: “Sailing Away: the Emigrant” tells the story of venturing into the unknown waters of cultural uprooting, au courant time relativity, and desire metamorphosis. There is much to say about the tumultuous journey of emigration and the reasons behind one’s decision to leave his or her native land. From hope and adventurism to fear and despair, however different everyone’s story might be, the emigrant’s cultural cocoon protects and traps him or her along the journey. The new world projects beauty and ugliness in altered ways, sometimes, and sometimes the bare truth stands tall and strong for them. The memories of the past, the pulse of the present, and the spectrum of the future perpetuate the refill-conduct-discharge mechanism with large amplitudes.

Execution: Copper foil technique; embedded metallic inserts; double 1/2" copper frame with inserts; copper patina; the volumetric elements require adaptive support and exceedingly rigid reinforcement.

Installation: Due to its thin yet sturdy frame, installation is possible on a stand, cased in an exterior or a partition wall, or hung from above.

Light play: Lit through plus reflective light by volumetric objects offers multiple glares and shifting vision when the viewer moves.

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