Ilkka Suppanen's more recent works, such as the glass sculpture, Pisara, have the distinctive feature of a reflective silver surface embedded deeply in the solid glass. The voluptuous forms of the weightless and transparent, blown glass provide a protective shell for the shiny mirrors, which capture and reflect the surrounding light, as it constantly changes throughout the day, thereby modifying their own visual appearance, while expanding the perspectives of our own surrounding reality. It is this quality of the mirror that intrigues Ilkka Suppanen in his use of the material; the idea of how the image we perceive in the mirror contributes to molding our identity. The mirror metaphor is also relevant to the fragmented discourse and media of the Post-Truth age, which provides an endless array of different perspectives and data on our inchoate reality.
Handblown Murano Glass, Silver Nitrate
12 x 32 x 32 cm