“Glass is a very magical material, and what it does is allow light to go through it because it’s transparent or translucent. . . . It’s like looking at light itself, and that’s true with water,” states Dale Chihuly. Drawing upon these qualities of his chosen medium, it was a natural progression for the artist to recruit the elemental forces of gravity in order to create the gracefully poised marine forms recognized as his Seaforms. Chihuly’s innate use of color magnifies this influence of transparent light and its similarity to water. His efforts have resulted in a series that cause one to ask, was it made by man, or was it made by nature?
The 2016 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition Jade Green Seaform harkens back to 1980, when Chihuly first began developing this organic series, in which he originally chose a softer color palette. Washed in tones of aquatic green, this two-piece composition echoes the vestiges of these early works. The large element transitions from rich, saturated color at the top to a transparent base through which the smaller element, nestled within, can be distinguished. Deeper green “beads” resembling sea urchin markings striate the surface of each element and accentuate the visual allure of the entire sculpture. Each piece is highlighted with a citron lip wrap.
Signed by the artist, the handblown Jade Green Seaform Studio Edition measures approximately seven inches in diameter and is accompanied by a Plexiglas display case and the hardcover book Chihuly Seaforms, with an essay by Davira S. Taragin and a companion DVD that details the historical context and inspiration out of which this series arose.
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Photo by David Emery.