Kyrie

This piece was inspired by Rene’ Clausen’s  “Petitions,” the fourth movement of his choral composition “Memorial,” first performed in New York on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Clausen’s work, while seemingly simple in the beginning, builds in complexity through repetition of themes and ever increasing layers of sound. Kyrie was begun as an attempt to reflect the music in glass and form, however; as the work progressed, the complexity began to reflect deeper themes of destruction and renewal, sin and redemption, and loss, hope and grace.

Kyrie is created with seven individual glass panels or “windows” composed of only two shades of purple. The windows are arranged individually in seven layers, and appear to be fragmenting as individual panes separate. To create this effect strands of wire were wrapped around each piece of glass and soldered to add strength and support to the panes as they break away. The layered glass and wire are woven together to create a sense of upward movement. A double helix of wire and glass winds through the sculpture suggesting the frailty and imperfection of humanity.

To complete the theme of Kyrie, wood from the ash tree was selected and milled as the primary material for the frame. Strips of poplar are layered between the ash strips to provide contrast and depth to the sculpture.

11.5”W x 24”H x 5”D

$890