Long Gallery Exhibition
Rhian Haf is an artist working in the early stages of her career. She is already widely recognised for extremely sensitive and atmospheric work.
'The primary elements and focus of my practice consists of capturing light and shadow. It is a subject of creative imagination where my artistic process involves translating and developing personal observations of silent, transient moments; the play of light and shadow within architectural spaces or a reflection projected on to a pane of glass. Incorporating photographic research, drawing and expanding further I capture these fleeting moments and use them as a basis to develop into a body of work.
My interest in glass draws on the properties of the material’s ability to capture, transmit and reflect light. I create installations and sculptural works, portraying a thread of constant themes; absence, presence, movement and perception. Either by applying technical methods and various techniques; altering and working the surface of the glass to highlight different qualities, or simply maximising on it’s pure reflective and transparent properties as a raw material. Whatever process I use at a given time, light is integral to the concept, development and the outcome of the work.
Exploring glass’s inherent ability to transmit and absorb light, my recent installation Captured Moments, was created following a Major Production Award from the Arts Council of Wales. It presents a series of twelve individual pieces capturing shadows and refracting light.Using a rectangle form in various aspects with its diverse metaphorical references, the pieces directs the viewer and set the context, constructing a statement and focusing on a subject. Created from highly polished clear, optical glass, secured and fixed as part of a CNC milled wooden box structure, the pieces are lit individually with an LED.The ambience and transience of shadows in intentional stillness demonstrates glass’ fundamental and simple capabilities as a material, which often tends to go unnoticed.
“It is the light that makes the invisible dimension become visible.”*
Controlling a directed flow of light enables me to highlight and utilise specific qualities of the glass that I choose to reveal. The relationship with light, its numerous values and meanings is explored. The light reveals, discloses, communicates and presents the potential of the material and in turn, through an enhanced dimension, provokes awareness and a reminder, it provides an opportunity for the audience to view this afresh.
Within my work I aim to capture both the ordinary and extraordinary, compare the familiar with the unfamiliar; glass as a medium enables me to translate personal ephemeralobservations into visible static states, presenting them to the observer with a creative approach and offer a dialogue of perception and reflection.'
*quote from the Illusion of Light exhibition, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 2014.
Image Credit: Captured Moments, (detail) glass, wood, LED, Rhian Haf, 2014
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