The World Without Us - genuine gold / gilded / environmental art / ecology / verre eglomise / artwork / gold leaf / gilding / glass / 22k


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gold, moon gold, palladium, leaf, enamel, glass

Verre Eglomisé is a process of gilding gold leaf to glass, scraping into it with a stylus and stiff brushes to reductively form an image, and then reverse painting over it with sign painter's enamel for protection and color (then it is viewed from the other side of the glass). This piece was created with genuine 22 karat gold leaf, moon gold leaf, and palladium leaf.

"The World Without Us" is glimpse of what it would look like if humans were to disappear off the face of the earth. The first stage would be plants taking over buildings and an expansion of habitats for other animals. It was inspired by Alan Weisman's remarkable book of the same title. It measures 8" x 8".

Verre eglomisé pieces are very difficult to photograph because the gold reflects like a mirror, and the colors showing through the gold shift depending on the light. I did my best to show the piece at a variety of angles and lighting situations.

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