A 10,000-WORD thesis and elective glass workshop turned a seed of an idea into a striking artwork on battered woman syndrome for Indra Jost.
The year 12 graduate of Lorien Novalis School, Dural, took six months to produce her sculpture — a plaster mould of a torso wrapped with barbed wire and blanketed in an eight-millimetre thick sheet of glass to represent a woman affected by domestic violence.
The mould was made with silica and pottery plaster to withstand the high temperatures necessary to shape the glass, which was fired in a kiln about 735 degrees with the help of Glenorie-based glass artist Jenny McIver.
‘‘I’m more of a painter, but then I had this idea that glass would be quite perfect because I could show what’s underneath this mask that these women put on for society [to pretend] that it’s not a problem,’’ Ms Jost said.
‘‘Glass is sharp and hard, but with the blanketing it’s sort of soft and flowy, then it’s also transparent.
‘‘I wanted to show this woman underneath is obviously beautiful and looks quite normal, but then underneath that hard glass that is almost like a protection you can see all the cracks.’’
Ms Jost received a high distinction for her thesis on the topic.
She said she found glass a fun medium to work with for the practical component.
‘‘Every day we had to sand the plaster — we call the shape Katie because it was one of my best friends that we took the mould of,’’ she said.
‘‘It was really fun. It’s very technical but now I’ve learnt this new thing I want to keep going.’’