New work in glass by Magdalene Odundo
'This is an exhilarating work! The swoop and curve travels like a bird's wing. I feel privileged to have seen it. Thank you so much.' Visitor comment, October 2014
Magdalene Odundo is known as one of Britain’s leading artists working in ceramics. In recent years she has explored the potential of glass within her artistic practice, culminating with the installation Transition II, to be shown, for the first time, at National Glass Centre. The installation of one thousand handmade glass forms was developed with the support of James Maskrey, an artist specialising in hot glass and produced in association with Berengo Studio in Murano and Devereux and Huskie Glassworks in Wiltshire. It combines inspiration taken from Ancient Egyptian ear studs, the life sustaining role of the River Nile and the Op Art of Bridget Riley.
My ceramics have always been vehicles for containment; they have been personal statements about what it is to be human. Glass as a material is more illusive. Like a mirage it creates an optical illusion. It is simultaneously transparent and solid, fragile and strong, like water, it is neither here nor there. Magdalene Odundo, 2014
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