Flavie Audi is a French-born, Lebanese artist working in London, best known for her glass creations.
For her first London solo exhibition, Cell-(estial), she used photography, film and her signature glass-works to investigate the points at which the natural and artificial worlds meet. Often perceived as a natural material, glass is in fact a man-made element, a composite organic material. It both absorbs and reflects light, and exists on the border between absence and presence. Flavie’s glass-works reflect this enigmatic quality. They are both scientific, as they are based on an understanding of how to manipulate glass, but are also open to chance, as a product of an almost alchemical process.
Flavie Audi’s ‘Fluid Rocks’ are created using a combination of blown glass, colour pigments, and semi-precious materials, such as fine gold and silver. When added to the glass, these elements spark chemical reactions, making the pieces simultaneously scientific and open to chance.
The results of Audi’s skilled alchemic glass-blowing process are tactile and sensual, yet contained in a solid glass sculpture. Their undefined edges and fluctuating colours change constantly under different lights.
LCD (LITHIC CRYSTALLINE DEPOSIT)
Audi’s LCD (Lithic Crystalline Deposit) panels are created using Dichroic Glass, a material that is created by stacking micro-layers of glass, metal oxides and semi-precious metals in order to produce an array of luminescent colours that shift under light as the viewing angle changes.
The intense, computerized technique involves vaporizing metallic oxides with an electro-gun inside of an airless vacuum-chamber. This creates a floating dust that settles on and coats the surface of the glass. The complete proces requires up to 50 different layers, and as a result, these works can takes many months to produce.
Due to uncontrollable variations in the firing process, the nature of each work cannot be predicted, making each sculpture completely unique.
In Cell-(estial) – Audi’s first solo show at Tristan Hoare – the visitor passed from one world to the next through the two gallery spaces; one room represented the man-made and the virtual; the other embodied the natural, chaotic state.
The first room featured Cloudscape 8, which followed the rational rules of Euclidean perspective, and worked to counter the darker Cloudscape 7: a scattered, explosive sea of galactic debris.