JOCELYNE PRINCE: ARTIST COMMENTARY "CHILL FACTOR"
Interview with Don Goodes
Providence, RI, April 2006
Duration: 4min 40sec
:: CHILL FACTOR STATEMENT ::
I view glass and the studio process as my tools for imaging elusive phenomena. This piece gives a thumbprint to temperature.
On a less apparent note I am taking into account the body and our ability to feel differences in temperature and our ability to remember temperature. The chill marks in the glass are a result of thermal shock; lesser amounts of thermal shock create chill patterns but too much causes complete breakage. There is great deal of sensitivity and arguable accuracy in the reading of these chill marks (the looser patterns are linked to warmer temperatures, the tighter patterns are linked to the colder temperatures). This idea of sensitivity compelled me to think about how glass and the human body share this characteristic or property of sensitivity and memory. Materials have properties and we trust and believe in the accuracy of these properties. Humans on the other hand are seen as less predictable so we have characteristics. The semantics of these words propel my investigation into materials and the ways in which we analyze and categorize material properties. Of most interest to me is the way we make it personal; for example in the study of cracks (Fractology) patterns are named: mist, hackle, twist hackle, wake hackle, gull wings… all of which rely on visual and experiential relationships and comparisons, which in turn seems subjective.