Aaron Oussoren took photographs of Toronto manhole covers, as part on an ongoing study of the systems that make up the city. He liked their variations and felt that the object really lent itself to the sand casting process. Based on the photographs, Aaron re-created the manhole cover using foam. In a bed of sand, he created an impression of the manhole using the foam positive. He added glass colour to the sand to create three transparent colours: grey, opal and fuchsia. He polished the edge of each manhole cover to allow the light into the piece. The smooth edge is a wonderful contrast to the gritty surface.
Street Light Reader
These blown glass pieces include screen printing in glass enamels of street lights and figures. The images are taken from photographs of the Gardiner Expressway and self portraits of Aaron reading and biking.
Aaron Oussoren was introduced to the craft of glassworking in 2002 in Toronto. Taking an intuitive approach in his pursuits, Aaron has always been motivated by new combinations of technique that often result in ‘undiscovered’ objects. These objects begin as questions surrounding our nature, and our evolution according to our environment. Every project is embarked upon with the intent of discovering something new in the material, process, and self.
Aaron has had the honour of being the recipient of the Canada/Bronfman Scholarship, the Niche student award for both sculptural and functional glass, the Daniel Crichton Memorial Award, the Harbourfront Centre scholarship. He shows his work both locally and internationally. He is currently a full-time Artist in Residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.