Shilling experiments with layering and fusing glass to produce beautiful one off sculptures. Her innovative pieces push the material beyond our usual comfort zones. Glass rods are woven together like fabric, mimicking the flexibility and movement of cloth. The apparent frailty of the glass is balanced by the strong dynamic forms and differing levels of light pick out the various strands making up each unique piece.
In the artist's own words;
“Recently I have been captivated by numerous news images from around the world of war torn communities. In particular, the images relating to the abandoned possessions left behind and garments washed up on distant shores. There is great poignancy in clothing and possessions in their discarded state. They were clearly once loved and for a time, played an important role in a person’s life. To see these once loved garments end up as nothing more than detritus conveys a deep sense of sadness for me, as each piece of jettisoned clothing still retains an echo of the narrative of an individual's life”