If you attended SOFA New York last month, you may have seen Victoria Calabro‘s installation of wilting glass picture frames in vivid hues. They’re almost blindingly Day-Glo yellow and appear to be in various stages of melting.
Her frames, which she casts and then reshapes with paddles in the hot shop, would not look out of place in Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory; they ooze over the edges of tables and slide down the walls. Calabro, 31, says she enjoys creating solid works that give the illusion of heat and viscosity. “While many of the sculptures appear to be malleable, they are, in fact, confined to their wilted poses,” she says in her artist’s statement, adding that her sculptures and installations take “queues from surrealism, minimalism, post-minimalism and Pop.”
Calabro is based in Brooklyn and does the bulk of her casting and hot-working at UrbanGlass studios and at Brooklyn Glass next door. Her work is currently on display at the Bullseye Gallery in Portland. Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet’s Lindsay Lowe went behind the scenes with Calabro and shot this video of her artistic process.