About Willa

     Willa is a chamber of yellow light and glass hidden inside an old RV. Hundreds of handmade cast glass objects collect light from the sky. The interior changes as light shifts throughout the day, sunrise to sunset, or as clouds move across the sky.

     There is no electric light in Willa.  

     The light in Willa comes from the sky via large hidden recessed skylights that span the entirety of the RV's roof, effectively turning the RV into a large light box. Inside Willa, yellow glass and yellow light entirely surround you.

     I cast the glass myself for Willa in my studio in Taos, New Mexico. Because each mold is destroyed in the firing process, each of the hundreds of glass objects inside Willa is unique, there are no multiples.

      I use glass and this labor intensive process to access light in my work. Glass catches light in extraordinary ways.  It acts a strong collector and amplifier of light, allowing light collection in my work even under low light conditions like twilight. 

     In a world saturated with information, much of it speeding at us disembodied through cyberspace, I am interested in the corporeal experience of light, space, and color— in creating experiences that require the physical presence of the viewer.  I am particularly interested in inviting the physical presence of the viewer over time, and in how the language of light and color communicate through channels outside the language of words.

Debbie Long 2018
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