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I See Red




Roberta De Caro’s current investigation focuses on tears as material of repair. It  draws parallels between the body’s healing process of expelling stress hormones through crying, and the artist’s way of transferring the weight of deep emotions into materials through the ritual of making. 

I See Red (2024) is a series of interlocking glass casts that are a replica of a four-part slip casting mould, alluding to the object – the ‘lacrimarium’ or tear bottle – as a container of grief and to its making as a poetic act of reparation.

This sculptural ensemble is one of three similar works, based on three different bottles created by the artist as her own interpretation of the lacrimarium, central to the work but completely absent, like the tears. 

The glass casts are the result of a five stage process that involves the use of five different materials. This body of work makes a comparison with the notion of the five stages of grief as the making of this work is an integral part of the artist's way to process her own experience of disenfranchised grief. 

I See Redmakes a direct reference to one of the stages of grief  – anger – an emotion that women have been conditioned to internalise and hide, expressing it as despair, manifested as tears. 

The title is a play on words: the density of the forms allows the viewer to perceive the colour red only where the glass is at its thinnest and when the four parts of the mould are disconnected from each other. The materiality of the glass embodies the inner states of the maker contrasting highly polished façades with unfinished surfaces, symbols of an ongoing process.

 

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