Echoing the birth of planets and capturing the life inside them, Sally Resnik Rockriver generates chemical reactions in blown glass and ceramics. While she is making her blown glass, Rockriver uses ceramic glazes and glass rocks to grow geolocial worlds on the interior of the hot glass vessel. These moments of chemical reaction become imaginary planets and frozen thermal formations.
Sally Resnik Rockriver has redefined the aesthetic parameters of her medium by allowing geological laws to determine the content of her work. Rockriver arrives at a new form that she refers to as Geochemical Sculpture, in which compositions become planetary formations. She creates a narrative landscape by combining her multiple approaches: glass columns with a crystalline core, calcite cave formations, crystal glazed slabs, salt-blown spheres, ceramic blown glass vessels, and sandcast rocks. Exploring Ms. Rockriver’s works is like visiting another world where new geological formations are revealed. We can enter the high temperature moment at which these phenomena were created and marvel at the explosive interior of a crystalline birth.