Kelly O’Dell Brings Extinct Creatures Again to Life by Vibrant Coloured Glass — Colossal

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January 27, 2024

Jackie Andres

“Aquatic Flash.” All photographs © Kelly O’Dell, shared with permission

Earlier than going extinct greater than 65 million years in the past, ammonites had been cephalopods that roamed marine landscapes donning coiled shell exteriors. Now, they function index fossils that present a useful look right into a geologic interval far earlier than our existence. Captivated by themes of origin, extinction, preservation, and conservation, Lopez Island-based artist Kelly O’Dell explores the ammonite’s elegant type by sizzling glass sculpture.

O’Dell spent her first 25 years in Hawai’i, an island shaped over a geological hotspot. “I grew up obsessive about my very own mortality, proper alongside rumbling earthquakes and gurgling volcanoes,” she says. “It’s fascinating and devastating that our existence has a lot affect on the fragile steadiness of life. I hope my paintings might function a reminder, or ‘memento’ of our borrowed time.”

Her blown and sculpted ammonites curve and spiral gracefully, emphasizing the extinct creatures’ distinctive contours. Vibrant colours and complex textures embed each bit, virtually as in the event that they had been introduced again to life. The fragility of glass mimics the fragility of existence, as she ponders what people may depart behind once we are gone.

O’Dell has a busy yr developing along with her first exhibition of 2024 opening in March at Duncan McClellan Gallery. Discover extra on the artist’s web site, and observe her Instagram for a glance into her course of.

 

Two glass ammonites, in their unique spiral shell, in hues of ivory, red, and blue.

“Convex”

Left: A glass ammonite, in its unique spiral shell, in hues of ivory, teal, and pink. Right: Detail of the glass craftsmanship.

Left: “Ruby.” Proper: element of “Ruby”

A glass ammonite, in its unique spiral shell, in hues of red, blue, and yellow. Tendrils hang off on the left side of the shell.

“Sundown Seas”

A glass ammonite, in its unique spiral shell, in hues of pink.

Element of “Scarlet”

Left: Detail of the glass craftsmanship. Right: A glass ammonite, in its unique spiral shell, in hues of ivory, teal, and blue.

Left: element from “Of Historical Seas.” Proper: “Of Historical Seasons”

A glass ammonite, in its unique spiral shell, in hues of sea-foam green and orange.

“Tidepool”

A glass ammonite, in its unique spiral shell, in hues of ivory, yellow, and mint green.

Element of “Dwelling”

A glass ammonite, in its unique spiral shell, in hues of blue, red, purple, and orange.

“Roseglow”

#animals
#extinction
#glass
#Kelly O’Dell
#nature
#oceans
#sculpture

 

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