KELLY O’DELL

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“Animal extinction is occurring mostly by way of human-caused habitat destruction and climate change. It is fascinating and devastating to me that our presence as one species has so much impact on the delicate balance of life. Using sculpture, I am recreating the endangered, the critically endangered, and the extinct in glass.

It is my recent discovery that the inherent qualities of Glass hold metaphorical connections to my topic of interest:

-Glass is a liquid. This brings to my mind a great glacier, a supreme giant, which we may take for granted as ever-present. As the Earth’s ice caps melt and change, so does our environment.

-Glass is archival. Our times are changing at record-setting speed as we watch the graph of CO2 levels rise exponentially in one generation. Although overwhelmed by the enormity of our human condition, I feel privileged to be making real, tangible objects to mark our time, in our age.

-Glass transmits, bends, and reveals light. Our ideas about climate change and human impact can be easily warped through the media, politics and our own sensitivities. Science is undeniable; it offers nothing but a prismatic display of truth.”