re-formed - Jenni Pink Costello

Inspiration details:

Breathless

Sculptural installation

London, England (made)

2001 (made)

Parker, Cornelia, born 1956 (maker)

Silver-plated brass wind instruments, flattened and suspended on stainless steel wire

V&A collection reference number(s):
A.6:1to54-2005

Artist Statement

Jenni Pink Costello

This installation piece fascinated me right from the start, with the use of suspension along with the simplicity and impact of the design. From my original ideas I knew I wanted to make a hanging piece made with as much found glass and materials as possible, which would need some thought knowing I couldn't hang it from a ceiling. Through my initial sketches I soon realised I would need a frame or stand to suspend my work from and that my designs started to look like a floor lamp. I decided to use this to my advantage to help show off the glass and give it a more functional use. With a little help from my Dad I made a tall frame for visual impact with some leftover copper pipe in my loft and also learnt about wiring lights. After experimenting with discarded jam jars and realising something was missing, I found some old bottles in our greenhouse and loved the variation of colours, texture and writing on them. I feel the copper complements the subtle tones and hues of the glass bottles and jars.

The new technical skills for me was learning to slump the glass flat whilst also retaining the writing and texture on the bottles, this was very new to me as I hadn't slumped glass before. A whole new world of experimenting with firing schedules opened up to me as I discovered old glass slumps very differently to new glass. The randomly placed bottles are hung from the frame with nylon wire.

My college course has certainly opened my eyes into looking at things very differently and seeing things in a new light for which I am turely grateful.

re-formed - Jenni Pink Costello

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Inspiration details:

Breathless

Sculptural installation

London, England (made)

2001 (made)

Parker, Cornelia, born 1956 (maker)

Silver-plated brass wind instruments, flattened and suspended on stainless steel wire

V&A collection reference number(s):
A.6:1to54-2005

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