|Artwork created during residency|
|Artwork created prior to residency|
Residency: October – November 2015
In a sense, Sculpture Space is like a time bubble; a space that allowed me to work with the sense that I have all the time in the world. Physically, it had all the facilities that I needed; a great shop mentor who was able to give me answers to any technical question or wish that I wanted to fulfill, all the possible tools and machines I required and a lot of spare time. Mentally, I was zig-zagging between a feeling of waking up to the same day like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, 1993. This got me into a frenzy of experimenting A LOT as if all I have is one day.
But the time in the real world was advancing and slowly things started to pick up. I remembered how much my practice needed this time of frantic experimentation, it was actually my practice pushing me towards this state of mind, losing my previous coordinates, only to come back with new thoughts and more skills.
When I just arrived we were taken on a field trip to the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. There I saw a beautiful parka made from seal intestines, a material that makes it impenetrable to water. Only six months prior to this field trip, I made a sleeping bag coated with a dissolvable cloth and I thought it would be interesting to try to work with a natural material such as pig intestines. It made sense to use something that has the innate characteristics of surviving penetration of humidity. In addition, I built a jig that can bend wood into various curves, accompanied by a vapor chamber made from simple parts such as a tea kettle and a PVC pipe. I believe that this tool will aid me in my practice in many years to come. Afterwards, I started to make casts of raisins from dyed silicone rubber with the goal to make enough to cover a fairly large part of a room’s floor.
Finally, I cut out different shapes from tortillas, then stacked them on top of each other with pressure and burnt them in the oven until they no longer resembled tortillas and all that was left were moonscapes made out of coal. And of course, I really got much more familiar with woodworking — something I always wanted to get better at.
All these various things I picked up on will now allow me to advance deeper into my practice. I think that each of those swift endeavors have a great potential to go on becoming something with serious value to me and to my work.
About the Artist:
Born in Israel, Noa Glazer lives and works in New York and Israel. She holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, as well as an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
She held her first solo exhibition at Tempo Rubato Gallery in January 2015 and participated in several group shows among them New Dominion at Mixed Greens Gallery, New York (2015), Don’t stop the dance at Tempo Rubato Gallery, Tel Aviv (2013) and Random in BAAD Reservoir, Tel Aviv (2012).