On the one hand, the word Terforation is derived from perforation (from the Latin foramen, meaning hole), that is, the perforation of hollow vessels or flat objects. On the other hand, Glajcar’s term also borrows from terra, the Latin word for earth. Here the artist is alluding to the term terra incognita in order to make it clear that her work is about exploring unchartered territories, for terra incognita suggests a vague awareness, a presumption of knowledge that is not yet able to be defined precisely.
It is never possible to see all the way through Glajcar’s works, because the holes are situated behind each other in such a way that the space leads into the unknown. The gaze is thus drawn to the structure, to the space created by the layers of paper with recesses.
These recesses become cavernous hollows with a magical appeal; slight movements and changes in the color of the white paper in shaded areas create constant changes and new ways of seeing the works. Glacjar’s work brings paper into a harmony of lightness and stability.
The artist’s work with paper gives the material a new meaning. Invented in China long ago, paper has evolved over the past 2,000 years from a luxury item into something disposable that is continuing to lose its significance as a cultural and communicative carrier. Glacjar brings this multifunctional product back to a place that offers it protection.
• Artist’s website: http://glajcar.de/pages/ag_vita_16_01.htm (last accessed: 13/11/2020)
• Konkret mehr Raum: http://konkret-mehr-raum.de/?page_id=954 htm (last accessed: 13/11/2020)