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The Growler series focuses on the quantum quality of glass. 
 
While in the Newtonian world, glass is known for its fragility and rigidity when solidifying, in quantum theory, it behaves very differently. By cooling glass to a temperature near absolute zero (-459.67 degrees Fahrenheit), glass at the quantum level exhibits unexpected behaviour; it melts. 
The Growler series explores this apparent state of in-between, where the glass assumes a slimy quality, becoming a tactile, ever-changing material. 
 
By working with glass sculptures, and testing the physical limitation of the medium, Heaney’s is proposing a new interpretation to Lewis Carroll’s iconic “Looking Through the Looking Glass” (1871). What if the fantastic world described by Carroll, where everything is upside down – even logic, is instead the description of a quantum world? 
 
Libby Heaney Growler Series

Growler, hard-sculpted glass, 78 x 16 x 6.5 cm, 2024. Installation view: “Ooze Machines”, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton Festival, May 4-June 30, 2024. Photo credits: Bernard G. Mills.

Sneaky Feelers, hard-sculpted glass, 45.5 x 11.5 x 6 cm (left) & 29 x 14 x 6 cm (right). Installation view: “Ooze Machines”, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton Festival, May 4-June 30, 2024. Photo credits: Bernard G. Mills.