2017. Brass & Copper electroplated found Karoo flora & wire in a hanging glass blown sphere,
with Jacaranda wood base with glass & brass fittings.
40 (h) x 28 Diameter in cm
Citizen of Glass: Mercury
Citizen of Glass: Mercury was a central work which formed part of the Broeigrond: Fertile Ground for Golden Regrets exhibition, hosted by KKNK in 2017.
Citizen of Glass, experiments with electroplating processes, encapsulating Karoo flora in glass blown spheres formed from molten glass; born from fire, which gives humans power to create or destroy.
In the electroplating process, the object is submerged into a chemical solution which transfers nano metal particles onto the flora, dendritic metallic crystals form on the edges of the surface as the organic object is charged with electricity, forming new fractal patterns.
If the flora represents a specific biota of our South African landscape then these dendritic forms represent De Jager’s experiment as she morphs time and form to reimagine a future, shaping a new identity. This encapsulated object, held by a string references the incubated tension in our country and its future.
“I’m set upon a path to redefine myself through the creative process, creating new life from this planet; something must die in order for new life to evolve.”