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Marianne Forrest


The Alexander Gallery

May 10 - July 1, 2007

work: 15 pieces


A series of timepieces using unusual materials to generate surface and form in metal. Any material can be encapsulated within a metal skin. Materials such as paper, plastics, wood, textiles and even left over food. The product can be re-processed using electroforming techniques resulting in objects that celebrate the surface texture and render the object "precious". The surface texture is informed and governed by the original material but not necessarily recognisable, in this way the object promotes consideration of the values we place on objects and the way in which we construct in metal.

The concept explores ideas of ordinariness and expendability, transforming materials into objects that question their origins. The final object defies identification. The knowledge of the principle promotes thought and challenges perception. The idea can be used in production or major sculptural works, the primary aim is to highlight the potential of any material to be elevated from humble roots to the status of treasure.

Slideshow: Marianne Forrest - Transformations

Initially a range of physical experiments were produced using electroforming as a tool for encapsulating materials. Some of these were worked post encapsulation in order to explore the change in working properties. A number of final pieces have been created intended for exhibition. The experiments will also be exhibited as part of the process as will notes and sketches along the way.

Creating new sheet material in order to begin a form opens up a whole new working method. As part of current practice, continually exploring materials and their juxtaposition with other materials is key. This research takes the idea a step further. It questions the validity of a purist approach to materials and their use, looking at new ways to build an object utilising the resultant alternative aesthetic.

Transformations won a Silver award for Outstanding Creativity at the BFFIN Awards, 2007.

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