Enjoy the first of our series of artist floor talks, presented as part of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. Gain insight into the artist's thought processes, and how the works were created.
Lan Nguyen-hoan's artwork Attempting to grasp water…with one hand…with two hands (titanium, brass, copper, cotton) was Highly Commended in the Open category.
This series of two began with an idea to make inverted vessels – contents without the container. A combination of metal and fabric allows for interplay between soft and hard. Furthermore, layers of fabric reference intertwining planes of fluid water that occur beneath the surface (Schwenk, Sensitive Chaos). The hammered titanium, speckled with brass or patinated copper, is an ode to the visual magnificence of the water’s lustrous reflectivity. Made with the intention of being handled, these pieces become activated as movement flows from the body via hands attempting to grasp...