A new commission for The Grand Tour from Clare Twomey.
Shedding light on life at Welbeck, Half in shadow: Half in light revealed the push and pull of time on the historic estate. Twomey presented portraits of modern working life on the estate, shown as a series of lithophanes.
Lithophanes first became popular in the early 1800’s. When placed in front of a light, their hidden three-dimensional images become visible on the thin porcelain plate.
The future is held in a glow of the past
Illuminated from behind, the porcelain lithophanes will skew the way that we perceive the contemporary. Just as the lives and work of generations before shape modern life at Welbeck, so too this old technology frames the telling of Clare Twomey’s modern stories from the estate.
Location portrait photographer: Jeff Gilbert.
Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster. She works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.
The Grand Tour
This exhibition is part of The Grand Tour, showcasing the diverse richness of art, architecture and landscape Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have to offer. Discover more of the region’s hidden gems at www.thegrandtour.uk.com.
Supported by Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations fund and The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.