Glass has long since been associated with botanical specimens. Through glass, botanical collections the world over are propagated, perpetuated, transported, studied, preserved, presented and represented.
Glass houses are iconic structures built to propagate, grow and perpetuate exotic plants from faraway lands. Plants were transported in Wardian Cases across sea and land on historical voyages. Under microscopes plants are studied on glass slides and petri dishes. Specimens are preserved in glass jars, vials and bell jars. In museum collections they are presented in glass cabinets and represented in model form for education with the likes of the famed Ware collection of glass flowers at Harvard created by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka from 1887 to 1936.
Jess Dare and Amanda Dziedzic draw on their unique glass techniques to explore this relationship between glass and nature, to demonstrate how they come to know and understand nature through the process of making. Delve into their glass wonderland, full of the curiosity and awe of nature that informs their arts practices.
These glass objects, whilst representing nature, also explore ideas of memory and personal histories and the artistís shared fascination of the human desire to hold on and preserve memories and moments in time.