Photolithograph and hand-blown crown glass
Framed 48 x 48 cm
The spherical masses known as “cave pearls”, created from calcium layers on grains of sand, are transformed from the representation of an index into a new mass, also of glass. Dove Allouche slices these pearls into thin films that are polished to such a degree that they can be used as photographic negatives, thereby revealing the story of their own creation. The mineral cross-sections are then placed into blown glass, with regard to the material and shape as well as the concentric pattern. The act of glassblowing is mimicked in the swirls of the cave pearls. The transparency of the glass is also an expression of the intermediary ontology of the images: they were always there, but they had to be seen.