SWING: Fragile Transition

By Leah Sinclair

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Magdalene Odundo is one of Britain’s leading artists, who has been noted for exploring the potential of glass within her artistic practice. This is culminated in her most recent installation Transition II, which is being exhibited at the National Glass Centre.

The installation consists of one thousand handmade glass forms, suspended amidst the exhibition space, and was developed with the support of James Maskrey.

Transition II combines inspiration from 5000 year old Ancient Egyptian ear studs made of glass, and the life sustaining role of the River Nile. The individual forms also reflect Magdalene Odundo’s fascination with the black and white abstract work by artist Bridget Riley and the graphics within the Op art movement.

The installation itself consists of 1,000 individually hand blown forms, creating a beautiful movement and visual to this transformational piece of art, showing the ability to translate Odundo’s ideas into another medium.

The exhibition is running from 11 October – 11 January 2015, at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland
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