Poetry, sculpture make ‘Planetary Waves’ at Dare Arts Council

By on November 25, 2015

Planetary Waves at the DCAC. (Jerrika L. Waller)

By Jerrika L. Waller

Every month, the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo features a new exhibit showcasing a featured artist or artists.

November’s exhibit is Planetary Waves, a collaborative sculpture project created by Kristin Thielking and Lisa Beth Robinson.

The collection is a combination of mounted glass tablets, molded glass shipwrecks and poetry that “explores the ocean, the way its surface functions as a threshold between the earth and sky, and what occurs beneath that threshold and the bottomland.”

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“(Robinson and Thielking) were trying to come up with a technique and work through some particulars and peculiarities of combining words and glass,” said gallery director Fay Davis Edwards

Robinson is, among many things, a poet, and much of what the artists printed in their glass is pulled from her poetry displayed with the exhibit.

The process they developed involves layering the glass with enamel and other material that will not burn off in a kiln, firing each layer in order to build upon them.

Those layers reveal themselves in the pieces with enchanting depth which alludes to the levels of the ocean the collection seeks to explore.

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Robinson and Thielking’s new branch in sculpture is fittingly themed on the foundation for all new branches of life: water.

Featuring Planetary Waves on the Outer Banks poignantly offers a point of commonality for all of the exhibit’s viewers through the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean, and is even displayed with sand from a local shore.

This technique of combining glass and print is innovative and distinct, but the exhibit feels like the well-practiced execution of a more ancient process rather than a modern experiment.

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The artists intend to create more expansive representations of the technique: in their “Artists’ Statement,” Robinson and Thielking explain that Planetary Waves is “the beginning of a long body of work that is continually evolving.”

Planetary Waves is free for the public to view at the Dare County Arts Council through November 30, 2015.

It will be replaced by two exhibits in December: the DCAC’s Annual Small Works Show and North Carolina’s Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibition.

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