Taking inspiration from the moment that a mass of rock is literally cracked open, to reveal a carpet of sparkling gems, Charmer presents his crystals as a highly textured painting, formed from shards of glass. Creating these fragments by hand and grading them in different sizes, allows Charmer to build up the texture in a purposeful and harmonious way, yet keeping the appearance as if each crystal has grown there.
The artwork is bonded to a black piano lacquered backboard which creates a breathtaking drop shadow effect. Practical and beautiful in equal measure.
In the artist's own words:
‘I immediately became attracted to working with glass during my time at university. I was drawn to the complex and challenging process of manipulating the material, which is solid in form when cool but becomes fluid whilst in the kiln. My aim is to capture this fluidity in the final cooling process and present these organic characteristics within my work. The glass undergoes many transformations whilst firing and the 'not knowing' aspect during this change is the attraction. Over the years I have developed a clearer understanding of the material yet I strive to develop new ways of working to explore and exploit the qualities of glass, which in turn, presents new obstacles to overcome, which retains my fascination with the medium.’
The artist can also create pieces to commission, please contact the gallery for further information.