The Gavishi (meaning “crystalline” in Hebrew) series was born on a summer afternoon in 2011. While working on sketches for a private Ketubah commission, I went to the library to acquire more references. On my way out, I ran into the “Chihuly in the Hotshop” DVD displayed on a shelf near the door. I had heard of him, but never thought to find out more about his work since I'm not a glass artist.
What I saw on the DVD while eating my lunch inspired me in a way I never expected! Ignoring Dale Chihuly's 2D means-to-an-end splatter paintings, I reached an absolute sensory overload seeing his various twisting, sparkling glass shapes come to life. He and his crew have created static explosions in his chandelliers and other finished works, and the more I researched, the more I wanted to somehow capture the same energy in my art.
Not having a glass shop, a team of gaffers, or a 2,000 degree oven handy, I took to black paper, colored pencils, and white gouache. I have only begun to explore the potential in this style, both for Jewish themes and beyond.