Pipaluk Lake Coralla V Art Glass Sculpture, Denmark, 2005, folded and shaped glass, from her Ocean Garden series, unmarked, ht. 15, wd. 9, dp. 56 in.
Note: Lake's work in glass reflects her study of many media: carpentry and wood-carving, textile design, and metalwork - in addition to glass. She compares herself to a bespoke tailor, clipping pieces of sheet metal, bending, shaping and fixing them together to form a body, or binding metal around the glass to "sew" it together. "Heat-softened sheets of window glass can then be draped like textiles and the metal can be made to leave its mark on the glass, decorating the surface in a natural manner."
For her, the process is a juxtaposition of "natural laws with the more undefined aspects of life." She refers to the organic forms and themes of Art Nouveau, the root of the modern Danish tradition, in addition to the Expressionism that prevailed in 1980s painting in Germany and Denmark (when she was a student) as influences on her work.
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