This work is an attempt to capture the day to day lived experience of growing up and relating to the world. With a starting point in a daily used item such as the shoe, changing sizes of nondescript shoe lasts have been cast in glass. Alongside them run personal narratives and anecdotes related to childhood. Ultimately this piece is an attempt to capture the impossible – the transparency of a lived experience.
Growing Up is a composition of many smaller pieces. It is made of kiln fired glass using various techniques. The solid shoe lasts are kiln cast using the ancient lost wax technique and the foot prints have been made from glass frits which have been cast and embedded with text. Furthermore, a reference to the finished shoe has been made in pate-de-verre. It has been bound with thin wire which, like a shoe lace, holds the fragile pieces together.