“My curiosity in my work is concerned with ‘visuality’… the blind spot we all have when looking at something.” This observation is borne out in works such as ‘Sites and Sights (2005-2009)’; ‘Lenses’; ‘Black Mirror Landscapes’; ‘Double Visions’; ’Sky Voyeurs’; and ‘Let Your Eyes Be The Invention’, amongst others. Much of her work looks at patterns, refractions, dissolution of light and the optical qualities of glass. “We always have a blind spot, where the optical nerve is connected to the retina, which makes the eye blind on that very spot. In this same way, every observation assumes a blind spot that we are not even aware of, because the eye always compensates. We do not see that we do not see, and the highest degree of vision is also the highest lack of vision. All one can do in this kind of situation, is to try to move these blind spots, in an effort to catch a glimpse of what has been invisible.”
After an interesting and inspiring artist talk on 24th April, Stine followed up with a demonstration of her free-blown methods in the university’s Glass Hot Shop.