Catastrophic Encounters 9b

2019

55 x 55 x 7cm

Molten glass poured on Vapourshield (stainless steel and mica), and set into epoxy resin

“I am interested in the behaviour of different materials and how they interact with each other. Catastrophic Encounters are traces of a collision between an ancient material, glass, and a new composite material, Vapourshield, designed to prevent metal vapour from passing through the walls of the crucible in induction furnaces. Although less than a millimetre thin sandwich of mica and stainless steel, it will withstand extremely high temperatures. Glass or metal furnaces are fascinating because they resemble the earth’s core. Under extreme conditions, materials seem to mimic macrocosmic events.” – Liliane Lijn