We had a wonderful day listening to presentations from Astronomers and Space Researchers at the
Institute of astronomy in Cambridge. The material they presented us with was rich, varied and full of avenues to pursue.
I have very much enjoyed the recent interactions at the Institute of Astronomy
in Cambridge. Our presentations of artwork were received with warmth and enthusiasm and we were invited back for a fascinating day of talks by Ph D and post-doc research students. Topics ranged from
galaxy formation to theoretical astrophysics. Truly mind-expanding. I was particularly excited by:
* The 'filamentary structure' of the cosmic web and descriptions of galaxy
* An X-ray image of an exploding supernova revealing the blast
* Simulation and explanation of the gradual merging of two Black
* The chemistry of star formation
My work in the studio is an on-going response and I have begun around twenty
mixed media works on paper and several larger canvases are in progress. Dark Fusion is an example of a smaller scale painting relating to a synthesis of new ideas.
The first Iron Pour took place at Corgam on June 18th. These pieces are
working with many different materials onto which molten iron is poured to see the effects of the red hot iron on them. Some melt, some retain their integrity, even though their melting points are way
below that of iron. I am beginning to explore the effects of heat and the mix of different materials which are found in outer space; as well as here on earth.
I am exploring the idea of different formations with the blown glass. I
intend to explore the light in which these formations can be viewed and am investigating infra red and UV lighting. I am particularly keen to work with ideas around dark matter and the inferences of
'empty' spaces existing beyond what is visible to us.
Following on from fascinating and enlightening conversations with Prof. Martin
Barstow, Prof Nial Tanvir and Prof Mark Simms, a myriad of possibilities beckon... reflections on compression and explosion, and the "'cooking pot of all the elements" have encouraged me to book more
sessions at the glass blowing facility working with artist Graeme Hawes. Here I am keen to explore different surfaces, adding in different elements to the surface of the glass globes we have already
been blowing. I would like to look at adding in sulphur (hoping for some glorious yellow),Iron Oxide ( Reds.) Silver Nitrate has also been suggested... I want to also explore the
rotation of the gathered glass during the blowing process, pushing forms and colours into a sense of order.
I am thinking around the possibilities in the 'String Theory,' the existence of different dimensions... where small becomes large and a squeeze in one dimension becomes a bulge in
another... or so I currently understand...
The idea of history and time wrapping around in every direction we gaze fascinates
me, and that all actions embed this and can therefore be traced back to a single point of origin. My large puncture piece plays with this, a repeated action radiating outwards that can be viewed from
both sides...in that a puncture mark pushed in is also an exit mark when viewed from the other side of the sheet of paper. I would like to explore this altering of perception further.
Statements around the DNA of a star... tracing the history of a galaxy...simulations of early experience intrigue and invite further exploration.
"We are working within the realms of abstraction" Prof Nial Tanvir
"The Universe is full of very beautiful things" Prof Mark Simms