The Glass Prize 2017
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Name of Work:"We've Been Sugared"
Third Line:Bullseye Glass Artists 2020

"We've Been Sugared"

We've Been Sugared is a reference to sugar addiction. Inspired by curiosity where our collective apiary addiction comes from, marketing strategies from the American government in the 70's to promote sugar to domestic proteins and mothers. In these advertising campaigns, sugar was promoted as a healthy snack. One that gave energy. With slogans like "What are girls made of? Sugar. Sugar's got what it takes." Women were taught that sugar was good for their children. Child figures with an ant's body are lined up in heaps of granulated sugar. The combination of children and ants arose from the the vintage advertising campaigns and an experiment by Indian Dr. Babu who made ants drink colored sugar water, so that the body of the ant literally appears to be made of sugar. Two generations later research tells us sugar clearly becomes poison rather than healthy for our bodies. Yet we are massively addicted to sweets and sugar can be found in almost every produced food product. It's hard to comprehend that something so sweet can be so bad for you. Are we collectively sugared? Dimensions: 10 x 17 x 17 cm each. Installation consists of 20 glass objects.

Type of glass used: Bullseye casting blocks

Type of kiln used: Frontloader kiln by Westeneng Ovenbouw NL