EMBODY
Contemporary Sculptural Glass
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
19. June – 15. August 1998

Forword

Embody is the first international glass exhibition to be specially commissioned by the Northern  Gallery for Contemporary Art. The exhibition draws a parallel between the inherent fragility and strength of glass and the human body. From senses of taste, touch and sight, to explorations of breath, chemical processes, mortality, interior and exterior form the exhibition explores how the body interacts with and is defined by its environment. The use of glass as the medium for exploring ideas surrounding the body is integral to each work.

The realisation of Embody was made possible by the generous support of the Crafts Council through an initial research bursary awarded to Ann Fletcher and a subsequent exhibition award to NGCA. The Arts Council have kindly supported the commissioning of Emma Woffenden and Francoise Sergy’s cross-disciplinary performance.

Held to celebrate the opening of the National Glass Centre, Embody aims to demonstrate, promote and contribute to the development of sculptural glass making. The exhibiton showcases contemporary practitioners whose material and processes have firm roots in traditional craft practice and whose work addresses conceptual and intellectual concerns. The exhibition would not have been developed so cogently had it not been for the patience, enthusiasm and commitment of the exhibiting artists in developing their new work.

Ann Fletcher  Co-Curator

Ele Carpenter Co-Curator