Crude Oil, 2016

Crude Oil, is a depiction of the pollution of crude oil and how it interacts with water. The glass sculptures evoke the image of the consequences of oil extraction in poor countries. For example the news coverage from Nigeria, where the spill of oil is not prevented and imminent to the local biosphere.

The work is informed both by the recent history of exploiting crude oil and by the process of glass making and recycling within the traditional glass industry.
Biscotti uses the blackness and plasticity of the material glass when processed in the glass factory. Fluid glass is in this phase as a material comparable to the viscosity of crude oil, the clear glass evidently makes the image of water.

The glass, produced by Adriano Berengo in Murano is recycled from rest materials. The metal bowls in which the glass is placed are commonly used in Murano to throw in the left over glass that remains in the ovens after the production. In earlier times the glass was just thrown away and used for ‘landfill’ on special garbage islands in the Laguna of Venice. When all glass waste of different colors are instead reheated and mixed in the bowl, it creates a deep black tone. By adding different chemicals like arsenic, the glass is corrupted and iridescent colors comes to the surface. Soda is added thus creating bubbles within the composite.

Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
Installation with metal bowls, glass sculptures
Various dimensions
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
metal bowl, glass sculpture
S1, diameter 49 cm, height 13 cm
Glass diameter 35 cm
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
metal bowl, glass sculpture
M3, diameter 60 cm, height 15 cm
glass diameter 44 cm
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
Installation with metal bowls, glass sculptures
Various dimensions
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
Rossella Biscotti, Crude Oil, 2016
detail, metal bowl, glass sculpture
Various dimensions