Work

Peel Cottage Skylight, 2010

London

2010

"This is the glass which forms the roof of my kitchen. When I designed it I wanted a really industrial solution, and I wanted a stained glass experience there: I wanted a feeling that the sky was always blue, and the way to achieve that was this oscillation of the blue Ben Day dot. It was at the time when I was doing quite a lot of large float glass commissions with the technique I developed of an oscillating matrix of dots. I love the Ben Day dot, so I made particularly deep mullions, angled at irregular angles, in order to catch the transillumination of the screenprinted dot colours along the white interior of those mullions. It's quite obviously artifice: there's no attempt to make it anything other than a mechanised expression of an idea. And there are sycamore leaves up there, but they're grossly over-scaled leaves, so that when real sycamore leaves fall on them, which they do occasionally, a strange juxtaposition of scale occurs. And the glass is thick enough to walk on, and foxes sleep on it. It's really quite nice, these little bright red urban foxes curled up and you can look up at them from below. It transmits a particularly pleasant light from about April to September, and it changes quite dramatically; the Ben Day dots elongate, take on a very liquid quality. But it has a passive feeling, because it's a mechanised image and makes no attempt to be anything other than invented - the size of it, the imagery, everything, it's intended to show that it's reproduction, artifice." – Brian, 2020