JOURNAL

I am doing some exciting research in Gaza. I would like to set up a centre for recycled glass where used, old, broken glass can be stored in order to use this recycled glass for my artistic work and in a later stage also to provide glass for training courses about stained glass windows in Gaza.

I ‘reclaim’ old glass and give it a new life, and therefor I call this glass ‘reclaimed’ glass.
A visit to the “Fras Market”, a market in Gaza, known for selling used construction materials such as windows and doors, allowed me to get an idea about what is available. I would like to ‘reclaim’ old windows or doors in my work.

The glass will be registered in a register. I would like to collect information about the donors and the story on the previous life of the glass, or why the glass is broken. The details of those stories will inspire me to create new stained glass windows while the reclaimed glass will always carry his own story.

In this sense, the glass window functions as a fragile membrane between two elusive realities. The glass reflects, fragments and filters, while I – through working with different combinations of transparent, opal and coloured glass – choose what is blocked or transformed or allowed to pass. A new story is created that is inextricably linked to the outside environment but also formed by the crucible of the space inside.

 

Piano Phase is the title of this stained glass window, inspired by the composition “Piano Phase” by American composer Steve Reich, written in 1967 for two pianos. Here you can listen to the wonderful interpretation of Steve Reich’s “Piano Phase” by the fabulous Ictus Piano Duo (pianists Jean-Luc Fafchamps and Jean-Luc Plouvier; www.ictus.be), who generously allowed me to propose the link to this recording.

The stained glass window is made for a musical family in Antwerp, Belgium. Their house is also situated in the most musical street of Flanders (declared as such by the Belgian cultural radio channel klara.be ). Size of the window: 140 cm x 115 cm x 85 cm (2016).