'Rebirth' and 'Stonegate 35'
(60 x 183 x 15 cm) and (120 x 93 x 15 cm) (hxwxd)
Salvaged glass (donated by York Museum and parents stained glass workshops), ethically sourced feathers, sustainable bamboo, ceramic decals.
In January 2011 I was artist in Residence at the New School House Gallery, York.
As part of the residency, York Museum donated me a collection of Victorian stained glass from their archives, salvaged from the Stained Glass studio of John Ward Knowles, (1838-1931), Stonegate.
The work explored a sense of place, journeys, and destination. Through the use of ceramic decals mapping the streets surrounding the origin of the glass, the notion of distortion and progression were conveyed. These maps were fired onto the individual glass components, and then stretched and distorted in the flame, often so they were barely visible. It was not so important to me that this ‘nod’ to origin was obvious, but more that it was there no matter how discrete.
Feathers have been used as a metaphor for journeys, with peacock feathers enhancing the notion of transformation.
Following ‘Stonegate 35’, I was inspired to further my work using salvaged stained glass.
The work explores the ’inheritance’ of material and idea. It is about a series of happenings in an objects’ life conveying a story through birth of new form.