Nocturne is a new work by Glaswegian artist Lorna Macintyre, created especially for this display in St.Peter’s church. Macintyre was invited by Kettle’s Yard to respond to this unique space during her time as an Associate Artist.
Nocturne comprises a large mirror that leans against the north wall, raised above the floor by a weighty slab of oak. Macintyre has manipulated the back of the mirror, scraping away layers to reveal the reflective silver surface beneath. She then allows bleach to burn lengthy tributaries from top to bottom. intersected by gestural marks created with a sponge that blur the scorched lines. Black paint was then applied to the reverse, sinking the marks into inky blackness. Chance runs through Macintyre’s work, she regularly uses processes like those seen here to diminish the control of the artist’s hand.
Macintyre immediately found inspiration in the rich history that surrounds St. Peter’s church. Having once been at the heart of Roman Cambridge, the site is rumoured to have been a temple to Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting and the moon. Nocturne evokes the atmosphere of a moonlit evening, both absorbing and reflecting the distinctive light that filters through the church windows and doors, at points melting away into the fabric of the building.
view Lorna’s digital sketchbook at https://groupemobile.tumblr.com/