Debora Coombs stained glass
Menfolk: Bird in Hand
2008
40cm x 40cm
This work came about from a desire to examine relationships in a wordless way. Rummaging around in a space beyond language I found pictures of people, birds and animals that appeared to speak to one another.

As I assembled my subjects together I noticed that each had a picture of a man or a boy in the foreground. The connections I discovered were curious, and sometimes surprising.

Making stained glass is technically challenging. The process is absorbing and tends to shut down mental chatter. I started cutting and painting glass without completing the drawings. Somehow, my compositions resolved themselves along the way. Menfolk grew into a series of observations about ‘maleness’.

Watch a video of me glass cutting and painting a panel of Sir Edmund Hillary.

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