Philadelphia artist Kristin L. Deady is intrigued by the
illusions and perceptual phenomena associated with optics -- glass, mirrors,
and lenses. Glass impacts our daily perception of the world. Its transparency is an
instrument for observation, a window through which to observe. Glass lenses
correct vision, enable us to view microscopic objects, and objects far away. A
glass mirror is a looking glass – a reflection of ourselves and others. Its
reflective nature expands space, sometimes seemingly to infinity.
Deady has said that “the lens and the mirror allow us to
observe the unobservable.” In reality, what we see is a distortion, a
misrepresentation, but our knowledge and our ability to reason counteracts this visual
In Deady’s installation, that features more than 400
shallow mirrored orbs, she has created an optical adventure. Each glass element
was individually hand-blown, cold worked (ground and cut), and has a reflective
mirror coating applied to its interior.
The multiplicity of the glass is mesmerizing and always
changing as the mirrored elements reflect the Airport’s on-going activity.