Nap is the third upright black piece that I have made; all have a cast metal insert, (in this case aluminium) but all have different surface textures - I make one every time I find a favourite repeatable shape. My intention is that the focus will be on the form itself - its structure and texture, rather than on any particularly glassy ness. I use black glass because I like the way it seems to suck in the light, to appear so dense and to have such a barren and sinister quality. The metal insert services to create a point of focus, and provide a contrast of colour.
The ideas for my work as a whole stem from a long interest I have in biology and the natural world. I look to many sources for inspiration - animal, vegetable or mineral, but particularly aspects of growth, reproduction and multiplication - all the while trying to retain a sense of ambiguity. I want my work to refere to nature, but to appear 'unnatural'. By repeating and duplicating a specific pattern of a fruit or flower I am able to build a model or surface texture that is far removed from the original source.
The surface texture of Nap has been created from hundred of wax editions of the stigma part of a cala lily, laid alongside each other to appear like tentacles, fur, or the pile of a carpet - hence the title.