No Horizon

Emma Woffenden

Archive Exhibitions (25 April to 4 June 2003)
This is a complex and sensorial installation, with an emphasis on movement, drama and tension.
Figures in strong movement and dramatic gesture have informed the work although the results are austere and minimal. It is made up of invented forms and symbolic existing objects – a moving trapeze, glass bells – dislocated sound, moving light and shadows.

There are references to ideas within Baroque art, primarily looking at the integration of sculpture and architecture – a complete fusion of different art forms. In this case I am trying to link existing architecture and installation.

The first stage of the tour opened at Fabrica on Friday 25 April 2003. Fabrica’s ecclesiastical interior was possibly Woffenden’s most challenging project. For No Horizon, the artist juxtaposed a swinging trapeze, glass bells and swathes of rope to create a ‘dangerous’ scenario.

About The Artist

Emma Woffenden trained as a glassmaker and has an MA from the Royal College of Art. Her work evolved using these transferable skills and taking a language of glass form into other materials. Now her practice combines many different materials and media; it can be objects, sculpture or installation.

Woffenden lives and works in London. She has exhibited and lectured internationally and has glass or mixed media work represented in 25 public collections in the UK, USA, Europe and China, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Welcome Trust London, The Ingram Collection, National Museums of Scotland, MOMA New York, Corning Museum of Glass and Shanghai Museum of Glass. Her work has been supported by the Arts Foundation award for glass, the Jerwood makers award, the Crafts Council, the Arts Council of England for a site responsive evolving exhibition ‘No Horizon’ across three venues, Fabrica, Angel row, Firstsite, and a sculpture/ performance/film collaboration ‘Fell’, and by Creative Scotland for a research project with a film maker and performance artist ‘Live In Your Hands’.

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