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Glass, Science and our Relationship with the Body

An exhibition by MA Printmaking graduate Charlotte Morrison

5 July - 28 August 2013
Daily 9am - 6pm
Clare Hall Gallery, Herschel Road, Cambridge CB3 9AL
Private view:
4 July, 18.00-20.00

As a material, glass has the ability to move us with its aesthetic qualities - it captures fragile states, lingering light and fleeting moments. Within science it has fundamentally changed how and what we see.

In this exhibition glass is used to portray our changing and complex relationship with the body. Sitting alongside porcelain casts, wax objects and prints it reveals and obscures, masks and scrutinises. The unusual glass and ceramic objects cross back and forth between the boundaries of art and science.

Text and context play a significant role in the work as the viewer is invited to move into and out of deeply personal narratives, medical descriptions and imagery.

Charlotte Morrison completed her MA Printmaking in 2012, having previously undertaken postgraduate studies in Fine Art (Glass) at Central Saint Martins in 2010.

Her artwork explores the human condition in its broadest sense and is influenced by her degree in psychology and work as a counsellor. She is interested in multiple narratives of the person within different contexts. Current work explores personal and medical relationships with the human body. In collaboration with a research midwife Charlotte is in the process of visually exploring medical and personal narratives of foetal alcohol syndrome - work that has strong links with issues of identity. Other work is concerned with our relationship with scars and disfiguration, medical and personal views of the body.

Over the past 8 years her work has been displayed at various group exhibitions in Cambridge and London. The exhibition at Clare Hall Gallery is her first solo show. For 2014 some of her work has been accepted for an international glass exhibition (Body Talk) at a contemporary glass museum in Denmark. In 2010 she won the LankellyChase Claudia Flanders Award for glass. She is currently the chair of the Lumini Glass group which is based in London.

If you would like to know more about the work, or explore possible working relationships, collaborations, please email Charlotte or telephone 01223 520024

Some of Charlotte's work can also be seen on the Lumini glass blog.

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