“Repose in Amber” was re-installed in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art during the last week of November, 2018. The following images are a collection of shots taken during the installation process. Restoration of this particular piece involved a variety of cleaning / refinishing techniques. Thanks to the help of the museum staff, rapid progress was made; resulting in providing this outstanding piece with a wonderful new home.
“This sculpture embodies the mirroring principle in my work: the way two juxtaposed objects relate to one another. When walking around “Repose in Amber,” the eye moves and flows through each object, with the negative space becoming as potent and as important as the glass elements.
The viewer can look closely at one cubic inch and find something intriguing, like the veils created from crushed glass floating inside each element, or the way the grains of color are stretched and pulled by the heat. The air bubbles captured inside are like insects in amber, trapped for eternity.
I’ve expressed the continuity between the landscape and the human in “Repose in Amber.” My work revolves around trying to reconnect with our natural source – drawing on humanistic and naturalistic qualities, and honoring their connection.
For me, great visual art is like music. All you have to do is feel it. I believe it can connect you back to the source of a simple being.”
- Martin Blank