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Pipaluk Lake

Pipaluk Lake (b. 1962) graduated from Designskolen Kolding in 1988, majoring in glass and textile. What is special about her works is that they are the result of a work process which is experimental and, up to a point, uncontrollable. In this way, she stands out from other glass artists.
Pipaluk Lake (b. 1962) works with plane glass, which she arranges in her kiln. The pieces of glass are either stacked or hung over a metal construction at the top of the kiln. When temperatures reach 800 degrees and higher the glass becomes soft. It melts and begins to fall down in the kiln. The process does not stop until the kiln is switched off. Thus, the plane glass surface is transformed into a three-dimensional, sculptural form.
It is a very open-ended work process. Pipaluk Lake arranges and determines the initial conditions, but she has no influence on the process taking place inside the kiln. Therefore, the final appearance of the works depends on a great variety of factors, which she is only capable of controlling to a certain extent.
Pipaluk Lake's choice of material is simple. The glass she uses is recycled glass - most often discarded sheet glass or jam jars. Apart from glass, she uses different kinds of metal. The glass is hung from iron wires, or pieces of sheet copper or brass are shaped to allow them to leave traces in the warm glass or to form a body over which the heat-softened glass can fall down.
The metal oxides which are produced when the warm metal combines with the oxygen in the air are left on the glass as colour and structure. Along with the metallic oxides and enamel colours which Pipaluk Lake also sprinkles over and paints onto the glass, these oxides provide the works with different expressions of colour.
Pipaluk Lake is basically interested in flat surfaces, patterns and traces and in the transformation taking place between the flat and the spatial expression. This is where her starting point as a textile artist becomes evident.
The pieces resulting from the work process are fascinating due to their complexity and built-in contrasts. The material makes them hard, sharp and solid. At the same time, the work process makes them appear soft and organic. The traces left by the metals on the glass give the works a firmly defined surface. Yet, they have the characteristic depth, transparency and lightness of glass.
Pipaluk Lake