Rachel Rose, Second Born, 2019, Rock and glass, 15,9 x 24,4 x 20,6 cm. Courtesy of Pilar Corrias Gallery, London. © Andrea Rossetti

Born

Date: 2019
Medium: Rock and glass
Dimensions: First Born, Rock and glass, 33 x 22,9 x 22,9 cm. Second Born, Rock and glass, 15,9 x 24,4 x 20,6 cm. Eleventh Born, Rock and glass, 15,9 x 24,4 x 20,6 cm. Twelfth Born, Rock and glass, 15,9 x 24,4 x 20,6 cm.
Courtesy of : Pilar Corrias Gallery, London and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome and the artist

Rachel Rose’s exhibition begins with pre-birth time.

Rachel Rose’s exhibition begins with pre-birth time.
This sculpture series denotes the artist’s interest in the egg as a form or shape, as well as an alchemical symbol. For each numerically titled piece, the artist has created a glass-blown form, which sits atop or seeps into a rock, itself shaped like an egg or eggshell shard. The Borns are in effect made of one material –sand– in two different states and times. Glass is made from sand, which is pulverised rock. While blown hot glass sets and takes shape immediately, rocks form over thousands of years. Glass is also not solid: it’s a liquid material in slow motion; liquid rock. For the artist, the meeting of materials in the Borns presents an analogy with conception embodied in the egg as an embryonic vessel from which life grows.
Rachel Rose, Second Born, 2019, Rock and glass, 15,9 x 24,4 x 20,6 cm. Courtesy of Pilar Corrias Gallery, London. © Andrea Rossetti