The coefficient of expansion (COE) describes how much an object will expand for each degree of temperature change.
COE of glass=96 COE of steel=171
Glass and steel are not compatible due to the vast difference in their COE. Pushing the two in one form will result in the glass exploding from stress.
This work pushes the limit of incorporating “incompatible” materials into one another. Through material tests and developing methods of sand annealing, an impossible coexistence was created. This work challenges self/other metaphors in immunology in order to think through notions of hospitality and mutual survivance. It is installed with a polariscopic set up for the visualization of stress patterns that are usually invisible.