How can light travel through matter? This was one of Gladyszewki's first preoccupations when studying sculpture. The Iris was developed over many years, in several stages. Gladyszewski worked it first by sandblasting to reveal the natural design and grain of the wood, then with a metal brush to remove successive layers, making it as thin as the material allowed. Alluding to the retinal rods of the iris, he added thin sticks to the centre, which in turn led to the idea of working with the torch. This added the idea of burning, or embers to the work—which can evoke glowing coals, the sun, a meteor, or a gleaming eye itself.


At Stéphane's home.


Conception: Stéphane Gladyszewski


Wood, steel, light.