Larissa Blokhuis is a Canadian glass and mixed media artist who draws inspiration from evolutionary history of plants and life cycle patterns.
“My current work is an imagining of what the world will look like if it becomes as hot as it has been in the pre-historic past. I place us in the future, with imaginary yet-to-evolve species. Our choice to value and protect nature today will allow us to see what strange and beautiful life-forms arise.
Concepts begin with studying depictions of ancient plant and animal life, and visualizing something similarly strange yet beautiful. Tropical plants can reach immense proportions, while arctic plants are often compact and hardy. I play with scale, making comparatively large versions of life forms that would be tiny in today’s nature systems, and vice versa. I always look for pattern, repetition, and contrast, and when I find these elements they often become the nucleus of a new idea.
Glass is my primary medium because it presents unique challenges in terms of sculpting and fabrication. I incorporate other materials as needed, including but not limited to: ceramic, steel, wool, polymer, concrete, and wood. I fabricate components out of these materials, and assemble them. I will often have a plan for components I fabricate, but some pieces are placed in different artworks or held back until I am working on a piece where those components will be most effective.” – Larissa Blokhuis
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