Sandstone Jali - Rebecca Laister

Inspiration details:

Jali

Window Screen

Agra, India

19th century

Carved and pierced sandstone

V&A collection reference number(s):
IS 1-1889

Artist Statement

Rebecca Laister

My piece represents the sandstone of the sandstone jali on display. I have imagined the sandstone massively enlarged so that you can see individual grains of sand which creates the actual stone. I wanted to explore the rhythm of the process by which sandstone is created - i.e. the individual layers of deposited silt and then further explore the history of the sandstone screen. On the front, I have sandblasted, in relief, an eye, which represents the generations of people who have looked through the screen over the hundreds of years of its existence. I wanted to imagine what individuals have witnessed through the screen; the changing weather, the seasons, the shadows the screen creates on the floor and the rhythms of life and death. On the reverse of the piece i have embossed details from the original screen; these have been magnified by 400 to create a looser interpretation of the islamic star which is repeated on the screen. I wanted this to be a direct, albeit looser reference to the original screen that had inspired me. I also wanted to re-create the rhythm and movement in the sandstone by slumping the piece over my own handmade mould.

Sandstone Jali - Rebecca Laister

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Inspiration details:

Jali

Window Screen

Agra, India

19th century

Carved and pierced sandstone

V&A collection reference number(s):
IS 1-1889

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