Artwork #109

Andrea de Leon

Parabolic Reflector

Steel, wood, copper, sterling silver and black cubic zirconia, 2018

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This piece is inspired by optics used in telescopes. The centerpiece is a handmade hollow form backed with copper. The black cubic zirconia is tube-set at the focal point in which the light waves intersect and reflect everything upside-down. When examining closely the subtle grain pattern of the sterling silver is revealed. The steel framework breaks planes in space and references input/output diagrams of neuronal networks. The metal centerpiece alludes to an iris. We receive visual information due to a similar phenomenon where light is bent in reverse and corrected by our brains.