Artwork #33

Andrea de Leon

Cocoon

Ceramic, flameworked borosilicate glass, black sand and paracord, 2016

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This installation is inspired by the Richard Wrangham theory which argues that the discovery of fire, and thus the ability to cook and digest more efficiently, allowed us to expend our energy on brain development in order to significantly evolve. The central brain-like "cocoon" was created by a single clay strand that was 6 meters long (theĀ length of human intestines). Each length of the following cocoon is shorter according to Phi ratios. When approaching the installation, one can discover handmade glass inserts that grow inside each piece.