Left: Untitled work by Netta Bacon. 19 cm x 29 cm; glass, very thin pâte-de-verre low-relief with print.
Netta Bacon By Karen Donnellan Having earned a BFA in glass from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in her home country of Israel, Netta Bacon is currently a candidate for a master's degree in applied arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her education to date also includes a semester as an exchange student at the Rhode Island School of Design, which she completed in 2005. It is clear from her glasswork that Bacon holds a great affinity for print. Much of her work features delicate drawings and altered photographs of fantastical, dreamlike scenarios printed onto a canvas of low-relief pâte-de-verre plates. Whether the scene shows a wolf being dragged by a low-flying bird or a little girl barely balancing atop several moving cogs, the images are always on the verge of something wonderful or disastrous, depending on your outlook. This uncertainty and rawness is perceptible throughout her work and seems to grow from her sources of inspiration, which are principally internal. Bacon describes these preliminary musings as a narrative or feeling in her mind, which she then allows to grow into something more tangible. In her more distinctly three-dimensional work, that same precariousness is realized though the actual structure and material make-up of the piece. Bacon has experimented extensively with casting glass frit with grains of sand, pushing the limits of both materials. One particular piece, a hollow, frit-cast glass cube, is packed with sand and completely fused closed on all sides. The materials are mutually dependent on each other to retain the structure. Here, the artist is attempting to reach some perfect balance between the two materials but creates a great unsolvable tension in the process. Another developing passion of Bacon’s is animation. One short presents
Below: Netta Bacon’s Fur/Animal. 8 cm x 30 cm x 11 cm; glass, fused glass and sand
a hand stretching upwards and gradually clasping into a tight fist, all the while the ghostly image of a glass boxing glove materializes around it. It exemplifies the artist’s approach to work, in that she aims to create things that are hard to put into words, things that are “between your imagination and your physical reality.” Through the use of these alternative processes and techniques, Bacon gives herself the opportunity to develop her own language in glass. Though she loves the interdisciplinary approach, she states clearly that she will “never leave glass completely,” that using other practices
only prompts her to explore her glasswork further. Some proofs of her dedication to the field include scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation for Glass and Ceramic Design and the AIDA scholarship to Corning in 2008. Bacon was also invited to Pilchuck Glass School for an emerging artist residency last year. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in New Glass Review in 2009.
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