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Magma is part of the series, Captured. It is a cast glass object combined with metal and other materials, using the materials to work and breathe together in the composition. 

Mandel's purpose is to capture the inner cosmos inside this simple and common seed (the almond). It has strings of one of the hardest and most durable glass materials you can find: the borosilicate glass. Its branches are protecting and nurturing the soft inside. It is growth what it represents.

About Captured:
The captured series is about the hard work of finding ways for someone to enter another person’s emotional world by understanding their narrative. It is empathy towards one another, all in the language of the materials. A language which translates very differently to everyone, yet unknowingly making the person discover something within themselves by the effort of explaining what they see and feel.
I include mirrors in my works, because art is never truly verbal – just like emotions or the true sensations are mostly unspeakable – and as they are unsaid, you fill the void, and it reflects on you. Mirrors represent this, but the thing is, you cannot see them, as you rarely realize this mechanism. It is under the object, under every layer, refracting the light, shining through the thickness of the glass.

cast glass, flameworked details, wooden and metal frame, 35x25 cm (without frame)

Mandel, 2022, Stockholm, 40x25 cm



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