Juried Work

David Nasca - USA

Supernature (Cynarina lacrymalis)

6 x  6 x 2     This is a model of a cynarina coral. I am very familiar with this species as one of the is the center piece of my coral reef aquarium. My model is made out of kiln cast fuchsia glass and was cold worked by hand with a variable finish ranging from satin to full gloss. It is installed on a custom base that provides indirect yellow-green lighting and portions of the bottom of the casting are masked to further control the lighting. I used this strategy combination of controlled colored light and variable polish to attempt to capture the shimming translucent color shifts that many soft-bodied corals exhibit. In the spirit of the Blaschkas, I was interested in attempting to capture the ineffable qualities of this beautiful marine creature.
This summer I will be the David Whitehouse Research Resident at the Corning Museum of Glass. While there I will be researching the Blaschka collection. The Blaschka invertebrates have been informing my practice for several years. Though I have taken inspiration from them, I am still very new to working with glass and still exploring the kiln casting process. Up until recently, I have mostly been working with ceramics and mold making and casting using various plastic products.