Showing: February 3rd – 28th
Reception: Saturday February 11th, 5-7pm
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tali Grinshpan earned a B.A. and M.A. in Business and Psychology from Tel Aviv University. In 2004, she moved to the USA where she currently resides in Walnut Creek, California. Working and exhibiting locally and internationally as a glass artist,Tali is excited to show audiences this new body of work.
For her solo show, Of Innocence and Experience, Tali utilizes an interesting technique to achieve the paper-like qualities in her glass artworks.
This body of work was created using a method called pâte de verre or paste of glass. To begin this method of kiln casting, the artist creates a model of the final artwork out of clay, wax or other materials. Next, a mold is made from the model using plaster and silica.
After mixing finely crushed glass with a binding material, the artist applies this paste to the inner surface of a negative mold, to form a coating. When the coated mold is fired, the glass fuses into an object whose walls depend on the thickness of the pâte de verre layers.
After firing, the artist removes the mold material and cleans the piece. The amount of cold work on the fired piece varies, depending on artistic and aesthetic considerations.
Tali Grinshpan says of her new work:
“I explore the fragility of nature and human existence by using organic materials to create forms that burn out in the kiln. Their remnants speak of the spirit and beauty of what once existed.
The ever-changing life of the land inspires me, in particular, Israel, my homeland, and Northern California, my adopted home.
Of Innocence and Experience is about my journey- as an immigrant, friend, child, wife, mother and artist.
Images and memories alive from the past speak with the transient present to create a visual story about vulnerability, yearning and the ephemeral nature of life.”