Sun Chariot and Cristallo e bronzo (545)

Sun Chariot by Laura de Santillana
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Sun Chariot (Detail)
Laura de Santillana (Italian, b. 1955)
Italy, Murano
Blown incalmo, hot-worked
H: 41.2, W: 47.7 cm, D: 5.6 cm

Cristallo e bronzo (Crystal and bronze)
Laura de Santillana (Italian, b. 1955)
With the assistance of Simone Cenedese and Rudolfo Brustolin
Italy, Murano, Vetreria Simone Cenedese and Verona, Fonderia Artistica Brustolin
Cased, blown, fused, and hot-worked glass; cast bronze
H: 45 cm, W: 65 cm, D: 14 cm

Subtle and complex in color and minimalist in format, Laura de Santillana’s objects inhabit an indefinable space between painting and sculpture. In Sun Chariot, she created strata of color by using a double incalmo technique. A flattened architectonic sculpture influenced by the expressive canvases of the American color-field painter Mark Rothko, it investigates the intricacies of color, form, and mass.

For Cristallo e bronzo, de Santillana created a vessel of colorless glass. The bronze form, which was cast from the glass vessel, mirrors it and gives the transparent, cloudy glass a feeling of gravity and weight. De Santillana describes her technique for this sculpture as “blown and compressed glass with cast bronze shadow.”