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Nancy Sutcliffe

Nancy Sutcliffe

Puzzle

Glass

Ref: 116626

15 x 15 x 15 cms

£875.00

Own Art

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Nancy Sutcliffe

Nancy became a glass engraver after a career as a scientific and medical illustrator. She has come full circle as her subject matter today is informed by that of her early training. She is fascinated by natural forms and uses them as a starting point for most of her work.

Her principal tools are a handheld drill and an engraving lathe. She uses a combination of diamond and soft stone wheels each with their own specific qualities and uses this repertoire of marks to engrave into the surface of the glass.

After several years of experimentation, the addition of gold leaf has become characteristic of her current work. She uses both water and oil gilding techniques to give mirror and matt effects both in and around her engravings.

This 3D optical glass sculpture is a bit of a puzzle. From certain viewpoints it is clear and simple, an understandable object. But as you move around, it becomes complex and confusing, things are not what they seem or where they should be. The engraved gold leaf trapped inside bounces through the piece and lands on places where it isn't. Life is strange.

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