A GLASS LENS on Kopiko Aotearoa (an epic bikepacking adventure)

5 - 26 August 2023
Di Tocker Glass Gallery & Studio
33 Jarrett Terrace

Last summer I completed my first solo bikepacking trip, following the Kopiko Aotearoa route across the North Island covering 1070km from East Cape Lighthouse to Egmont Lighthouse in Taranaki.

With plenty of thinking time riding out there (92 hours in the saddle!), I dreamed up the idea of sharing this journey with you all...in glass.

Returning to the studio, my ideas transpired to studio play with various materials; clay, acrylic, silicone rubber and wax. Play consolidated into doing, a final plan was formatted and then the hard mahi began to create the glass pieces.

A GLASS LENS was a visionary experience, comprising of 13 glass 'lenses' that contain emotive imagery of landscapes I passed through, immersive colours and detailed observations of my bikepacking adventure.

The optically shaped lenses perfectly amplified colour and detail, bringing imagery to life in a way I could not have imagined.

A GLASS LENS artworks have now all sold.

Photography by Grace Carson

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