Bowls in pâte de verre, 2020
Canadian artist Shay Salehi works with the fragility of glass and its ability to mimic other materials. Her body of work studies these qualities using line, shape, colour
and texture formed by the pâte de verre technique. She fuses recycled glass beads into pure and simple forms, which play with negative space and texture. The lips on the pieces are rough, uncontrolled and extremely fragile. These bowls do not display the well-known properties of glass such as its transparency or optics; therefore, at first glance one might not even consider her work to be made from glass.
Salehi studied glasswork at Sheridan College before completing a BFA degree at OCAD University. She is pursuing graduate studies in interdisciplinary sculpture and installation at Parsons New School in New York NY.