Amber Plum Seaform, 2015

Amber Plum Seaform, 2015

Dale Chihuly’s Seaform series, comprising sculptural yet free-flowing and mobile forms, evolved unintentionally while he was working on his first series, the Baskets. He discovered that using optic molds in the glassblowing process enhanced an underlying correlation to the sea, resulting in the fluid and complex contours characterized in this series. “To free glassmaking to this degree, to liberate form to such an extent that it appears to be returning to its own more primitive or organic state—indeed, to be in the process of perpetually evolving within that state—is the real achievement,” says art critic Joan Seeman Robinson.
 
The 2015 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition Amber Plum Seaform is a two-piece composition in which each element rests nimbly poised in a dexterous configuration of soft waves. An unusual body wrap of contrasting velvety purple and tawny gold introduces tangible texture and manifests the fluent motion articulated in this organic form. This striking combination of color and form contributes to the sculpture’s dynamic visual effect.
 
Signed by Chihuly, the Amber Plum Seaform measures approximately eleven inches across. A custom-designed display vitrine and Chihuly Seaforms, a hardcover book with forty-four color photographs and informative essays by Robinson and oceanographer Sylvia Earle, accompany the piece.
 
The Amber Plum Seaform is a true affirmation of Chihuly’s artistic sensibilities and liberation of the imagination.

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Photo by David Emery.