The work is comprised of a series of oil drill heads made of iridescent Murano glass. The title Amorphous Solid takes its cue from the scientific name for frozen liquid sand – the actual material that glass is made of. Here, the meaning is conflated with the ever-changing methods of wealth production and energy generation, and the cultural legacy that they both helped found. The work attempts to conjure the premonition that fossil fuels will soon become obsolete as an energy source, and pre-emptively positions oil drilling as an inexplicable human activity from ancient times.
Commissioned by Glasstress 2017, Berengo Foundation, Venice, Italy (2017)
Photos by Francesco Allegretto, Marius Land, Raisa Hagiu