Fifth Born, 2019

Rachel Rose’s Born series of sculptures explores an interest in the egg as a shape and symbol. Fifth Born consists of  a of clear glass form that appears to be slithering out of, or escaping from, a cracked egg. The work is made of one material –sand– in two different states and times. Glass is made from sand, which is pulverised rock. While blown hot glass sets and takes shape immediately, rocks form over thousands of years. Glass is also not solid: it’s a liquid material in slow motion. The combination of materials in this work acts as an analogy with conception embodied in the egg as an embryonic vessel from which life grows.