The Bellringer by Emma Woffenden

Woffenden is one of Britain's most innovative and intriguing glass artists.


Details

Medium:
Glass & rope
Dimensions:
310 x 360 x 60 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £5,609)
Acquired in:
2010
Vendor:
Barrett Marsden Gallery

The centrepiece of this work is a sculptural piece representing a truncated human figure. It oscillates between being strong and weak, soft and hard, clear and clouded. The paradox continues as the form is suspended, the heavy cast mass becomes weightless as it is frozen before us. The blown glass bells offer familiarity in both form and appearance; the glass makes them clear and sparking yet this quality also makes them invisible. The Bells and Ringer are hung by ropes and the ropes are animated through the human presence represented by the Ringer. The Bellringer combines the artist's renowned androgynous cast forms and tableau composition to create an abstract piece that explores the human condition. Shipley has one of the most significant craft collections and this is the first installation piece acquired for the gallery.

Provenance

The artist.

Venue details

Shipley Art Gallery Prince Consort Road, GATESHEAD Tyne and Wear NE8 4JB 0191 477 1495 www.shipleyartgallery.org.uk

Entry details

Free to all

Tue – Fri, 10am – 4pm
Sat, 10am – 5pm

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