Welcome to my World - 20th Jan 2014

Di Tocker has been working on the largest cast glass pieces she has worked on with 2 new works for an exhibition Mental Blocks opening at ArtStation, in Ponsonby, Auckland next month.

The 2 glass blocks Di have produced are approximately the size of large shoe boxes, with 17kg of Blackwood Casting Crystal glass going into each mould.  She has tilted the walls and ceiling, and a figure in each block is awkwardly trapped within the highly polished faces of the glass.  Di hopes viewers will be encouraged to try to imagine what life must be like for those dealing with mental health issues, homelessness and addiction. 

Di says "I was thrilled to be selected for this show.  A few reasons - to be selected as one of four artists from 40 applicants was an honour, to show my glass work amongst other mediums is also exciting, but above all I felt that my recent works (Rooms) were such a good fit for this show that aims to talk about mental illness, homelessness and addictions".  Di says she has relished the challenge to produce conceptual works, made possible by the grant supplied to her to cover costs of making the large cast works.

Exhibition details;
Mental Blocks opens on the 19th of February 2014, running for 1 month.
Supporting organization - Changing Minds.
ArtStation Gallery, Ponsonby, Auckland.
Artists include Di Tocker, Fraser Hoffe, Mark Strachan and Sarah Moktar.

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