(Music by Andrei Gravelle)
Tosca Hidalgo y Teran’s artwork comes from a place which we rarely dare to explore. Some would see it is dark and frightening, while others would view it as essential and primary. The theme of death often resounds, as demonstrated in her one of her first pieces, which functioned as time capsule, coffin and vessel. She brings her visions to life through glass blowing, flameworking, fusing, and glass casting.
Putting aside her dreams and inner turbulences, Tosca draws inspiration from a diverse range of sources: the fantastic visions of 19th century naturalist Ernst Haeckel, 21st century transhumanists, ancient myths, science fiction and Buckminster Fuller. She also finds inspiration in the confines of philosophy and science, as well as the book Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Music and sound function as accompaniment, and she creates a soundscape upon the completion of each piece, collaborating with her companion Andrei Gravelle (who made the music featured in this film).
Whether classified as jewelry or sculpture, Tosca’s “thought forms” — as she refers to herwork — have deeply touched many. When I encountered Tosca’s artwork for the first time, I was baffled by its eloquence and yearned to explore the emotion within each piece. The only way to come close to that was to accompany Tosca in one of her deepest creative journeys.
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