Storm Thorgerson recalled 'I was unreasonably wary that Offspring (LA neo-punk band) would be possibly as aggressive as their music, but, to the contrary, they were very charming. For their album, Splinter, released in 2003, they commissioned four pictures from us. One of these is known as ‘Glass Family’ and another as ‘Moonstab’, both in the 20/20 collection. I think they liked the title Splinter for being sharp and angular like their music and with several different meanings, varying from the simple wooden shaving which stabs your finger to break-up, the splintering of a relationship or an outfit like a band, or even a family. And what more likely family to splinter than a glass family whose break-up would be into sharp, angular, splinter-like shards with accompanying sounds of breaking glass. I imagined the glass family to be two up and two down, a loving couple and their replica loving kids joined at the hip, in morality, if not in actuality - necessary when constructing a glass sculpture in order to give it some stability. Our glass family is made of sugar glass which comes from a mould, itself made from a clay maquette, Sugar glass is used in films when people fly dramatically through windows. Our family are gathered in their well-to-do garden by the fishpond in order to be photographed for the family album, and also back-lit to highlight the glassiness. Personally I always thought that the little girl was the most spooky - present but transparent, like a ghost or a memory - a memory of when the family were together in the flesh, not as glass.'
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