The inherent qualities of glass have always been at the forefront in Vicki’s work. Her practice conducts itself with glass’s unseen roles and functions, currently focusing on the intrinsic characteristics that enable our modern-day existence.
We live in an age when our human and our digital lives are connected in ways unimaginable. At the heart of these information superhighways is the most basic of taken-for-granted materials; glass. An essential component in fibreoptic high-speed broadband networks. The infrastructure utilises glass fibre to literally transport information in the form, and speed of light; a relocation of data.
The Subscribers works are a conceptual reaction to this virtual world. Familiar but unfamiliar, these pieces are fluid and abstract. They are pieced together, like snippets of memory, content that has been accumulated and recreated.
These works were part of an exhibition titled Passenger, that was shown at Pātaka Museum + Art, earlier this year. This was a combination of two shows by Vicki Upon a Moment and Subscribers. The narrative for both, of glass being the material that holds and delivers a message to the masses, be it contemporary or historically (fibre-optics and stained glass).