Reflections & Form - Liz Clamp

Inspiration details:

glass sculpture

glass

british /czech

1960-1970

Unknown (maker)

glass

V&A collection reference number(s):
9715

Artist Statement

Liz Clamp

The prints combined together were inspired by a piece of hand blown glass which is essentially three pieces put together to make one. It is for me a rather ugly piece but the movement created by the reflections thrown around it made it interesting. I visited it several times taking pictures and making a series of sketches. The sketches becoming looser each time. I liked the contrast of the very static photographs to the reality of the movement within the cabinet (every time someone walked past the piece changed). I noticed in one of the photographs that a couple were captured in a reflection, I took this as a motif together with the reflections of the lights in the gallery. The print ended up as 2 prints which I put together, one a montage of my photographs with my drawing, the other my drawing and a series of marks representing the energy of the piece. I wanted them on a form similar to the bottles themselves and decided to make a dress where I could show the design of the prints to the best advantage. I choose a blue cotton, I needed a fabric that had a fluidity but would hold the print and I needed a colour that would allow the print to be shown but that was not too stark. It works as a circular form and I have juxtaposed the prints to provide a continuation. On my course we have learnt screen printing and I have hand -printed the design. When I finished, I was concerned that it was too obviously an item of clothing rather than a worked print and so I created a 'bottle' from yellow and green net to display the piece.

Reflections & Form - Liz Clamp

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Inspiration details:

glass sculpture

glass

british /czech

1960-1970

Unknown (maker)

glass

V&A collection reference number(s):
9715

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