Created using a glass-fusion technique, Daniela Forti’s sculptures literally look like jellyfish, dripping with glass tentacles. With shiny colors and beautiful transparency, these sculptures create an ethereal atmosphere anywhere you put them.
Artist Daniela Forti lives and works in Chianti, Tuscany where she produces these fantastic artworks of dripped glass. She refers to the pieces as “Jellyfish” because of their undulating tentacles that are formed by hand through a melted glass fusion process. Each piece appears to balance like a small platter or table atop colorful, spindly drips that somehow manage to support the weight above. Many examples of her work are on view (and also available) over at Artemest.
Each piece appears to balance like a small platter or table atop colorful, spindly drips that somehow manage to support the weight above.
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Italian artist Daniela Forti creates mesmerizing ‘Jellyfish’ tables that look like exotic sea creatures you would find in the depths of the ocean
Referred to as “sculpture installations,” each piece showcases the artist’s innovative methods and interest in light. While this inventive approach to the age-old process of glass-working is evident in her entire oeuvre, it is most beautifully apparent in her ongoing series of luminous glass jellyfish sculptures.
To create each unique work of art, Forti meticulously employs a unique method of glassworking that blends glass with crystal. Called glassfusion, this process culminates in the one-of-a-kind glass formations characteristic of Forti’s jellyfish. “Glass-fusion fundamentally means to construct new glass from a solid state, assembling various pieces which, upon contact with heat varying from 800 to 850°C, become so fluid as to profoundly meld themselves in an irreversible manner,” she explains on her website.
“The cooling process is quite slow in order to permit total reorganization and the recuperation of the molecular stability that the materials possessed before being heated.” It is this combination of creativity with unwavering patience that enables Forti to fabricate exquisite and ethereal works of art.
In 1979 she frequented the “Forme” artistic glass studio. She developed a particular expressive mastery of this material succeeding in manifesting her own creativity in the divergent process linking fluidity and heat to colors as to the hard and rigid transparency of glass in its natural state. Passing from interior design of prestigious shops to exposition space decoration, to honing her skills in artistic glasswork for sacred and religious places, Daniela Forti consolidated her mastery in the correlation between light and glass.
Form, color, taste and transparency linked together with a deep understanding of the materials used, translate the silent language of Daniela Forti’s glass sculpture across a glimmer of light and plasticity simplifying the artistic message while facilitating the immediacy of understanding. She delved, into a modality that was totally innovative and unique, the fusion technique, following a tenacious and long study which gave birth to a particular process of her own invention termed “multidimensional contemporary art”, from which a new series of artworks and sculptures came to life.