The first UK solo show of Australian artist Lynette Wallworth’s immersive installation works.
Following her residency at National Glass Centre last year, Wallworth exhibits her celebrated work Hold: Vessel 1, 2001, and her powerful installation pieces Invisible by Night and Damavand Mountain.
Lynette Wallworth’s practice spans video installation, photography and short film. This exhibition brings together three works that employ glass as both an interface for intimate interaction as well as surface for projected imagery across these mediums. The artist describes her intention as ‘bringing together technological advances and ancient understandings, new media and old practices, electronics and the electricity of human touch’.
Wallworth's work is about the relationship between ourselves and nature, about how we are made up of our physical and biological environments, even as we re-make the world through our activities.She creates immersive environments which offer a tactile gateway and often rely on activation or participation from the visitor; the interplay between moving image, sound, spaceand visitor is central to her work.
Damavand Mountain is a video installation based on imagery filmed by Wallworth during an artist’s residency in Iran in 2004. The piece is a poetic and unobtrusive exploration of the global and governmental forces that shape the lives of those in Iran and around the world.
Hold: Vessel 1, 2001 is an interactive, large scale installation that explores the intimacy and immensity of the natural world and our relationship to it. Upon entering the installation, the visitor is encouraged to ‘catch’ projected images of underwater life in glass bowls. With intimate moments of synchronised light and sound, this is a work that celebrates minutiae - the microscopic forms of life, leaving the visitor with a sense of communal participation and an impression of shared responsibility and hope.
Invisible by Night is a gently interactive video installation which responds to touch and presents a projection of a life–sized woman whose eternal pacing can be quietly interrupted by the viewer. Commissioned originally for The Melbourne Festival 2004‚ in response to the layered history of the site of Melbourne's first morgue, the piece explores suffering, the process of grief and loss, and the transient nature of compassion.
Lynette Wallworth is represented by Forma www.forma.org.uk
Exhibition produced by Forma in association with the National Glass Centre.
In 2006, Lynette Wallworth was awarded Arts Council England International Artists Fellowship, hosted by National Glass Centre, in association with Forma.
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