November 22, 2013 - July 7, 2014
artist Adam Wallacavage is a “self-taught master of ornament” known for
creating fantastically imaginative chandeliers inspired by creatures of the sea
such as octopus, jellyfish, and sea anemones. This series started when Wallacavage
came across a photo of a 1800s glass jellyfish chandelier. After seeing this image, Wallacavage decided
to create octopus light fixtures as centerpieces for his themed dining room based
on the Jules Verne novel, Twenty Thousand
Leagues Under the Sea. Since then, Wallacavage has continued to create
elaborate, opulent, sea-inspired chandeliers. His self-taught techniques have
evolved over the years from traditional ornamental plaster work to a more
resilient technique using epoxy clay painted with resins.
Wallacavage is an
avid maker and collector who often embellishes his sculptural chandeliers with
some of his collected and altered flea market finds. When seen together, his
unusual sea creatures with their lighted tentacles and shimmering finish reveal
a surreal and magical underwater adventure.