"Upon entering an exhibition of my work and being immediately surrounded by intense light, I expect the viewers would feel an overwhelming sense of delight and longing to explore the spaces I create. I hope the visual sensation of space and light together is communicated to my audience, I would like them to experience a playful, magical and transformative environment."
British artist Liz West continues to transform spaces with her latest installation "Aglow", in partnership with luxury womenswear brand Nemozena. This ambitious outdoor work entirely made from luminous fluorescent acrylic was exhibited at the Musée Nissim de Camondo during Paris Fashion Week. "Aglow" will also be inspiring the middle east at Dubai Design Week held at Dubai Design District (d3) and will be on display to the public from November 12th until November 17th. Then will be heading to Milan in 2019.
Aglow consists of 169 hemispherical fluorescent coloured acrylic bowls arranged on the ground in a hexagon shape. The edges of these multiple unplugged fluorescent bowls in six neon colours will glow as if charged with electricity. These 'live' edges and choice of material embodies West's interest in the relationship between colour and light and their ability to enhance the viewers perception of the work.
Acrylic 1500cm (L) 45cm x (H) x 1500cm (W) 2018
The acrylic bowls offer a highly reflective concave surface enabling spectators the opportunity to see their surroundings in a new (fluorescent tinted) light. The individual bowls also serve as rain catchers, adding an extra dimension to the work and another reflective surface in which to observe the surroundings of the exquisite Musée Nissim de Camondo courtyard in central Paris. Used repeatedly in nature, the hexagon is a practical, economic, space saving polygon. West often utilises geometry and repeat in her installations to create large scale and impactful works.
"West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. West's investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realised through an engagement between materiality and a given site. Our understanding of colour can only be realised through the presence of light. By playing and adjusting colour, West brings out the intensity and composition of her spatial arrangements."
Liz West's transformative world of light and colour will be featured more in our upcoming fourth Issue "Anne's Magazine."
Aglow has been commissioned by Nemozena, it will tour to Dubai and Milan.