From her studio in St. Petersburg, artist Elena Zaycman creates delicate flowers and tropical plants from living stained glass. She deviates from traditional two-dimensional tablets to create lifelike shapes that resemble fleshy petals and curved leaves found in nature. Whether it’s a pair of tulips or a fanned palm, Zaycman’s translucent designs refract light and cast tinted shadows in a range of organic shapes.
After working with the medium for almost a decade, artist Colossal relates that prior to creating the smaller sculptures, she worked with her sister on extensive projects that required lengthy, complex installations in homes and other spaces. She began producing the assembled pieces to bypass this process and make the art form more accessible to those who did not have the resources to make large, permanent works. Today, her sculptures often reflect the vegetation and natural life discovered during the trip – an encounter with a stray puppy a trip to Bali informed many of the pieces shown here – or evoked playful, geometric characters, as in her Monstrics Collection.
Zaycman was recently featured in the second issue of We are doersand she sells downloadable patterns for a variety of moths and insects Etsy. Follow her further Instagram for insights into their process and updates on available works.
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