SCUNTHORPE – Artist Liz West strikes gold yet again with Our Colour Reflection, a field of mirrors which emanates rainbow colours within the confines of St John's Church.
Having made a debut statement with Your Colour Perception, West's latest polychromatic splash is both a play on her recent streak of vibrant installations and on words. Forming a sort of spatial couplet, Our Colour Reflection again bathes observers with the artist's primary ingredients of light and colour, but with a twist for another unorthodox submersion into their fusion.
Seeming to sprout up like flowers, hundreds of jewel-toned beads pave the church's central nave. Exactly 700 acrylic mirrors are set upon transparent tube stands, replacing the smooth surface of stone slabs with a fragmented terrain of convex discs. As daylight filters through the building's grandiose windows of stained glass, the myriad of mirrors reflect a kaleidoscope of colourful rays into historic structure's buttresses, vaults and rafters.
Over the course of a day, the canvas of St John's Church is transformed with a transient dappling of spectral illumination. As observers pass down the side aisles in contemplation, the layering of multicoloured puddles reflect a blend of their own images and the architectural detailing overhead.
By applying the colouration found in the stained glass windows, the resulting rainbow-hued rays pervade the interior, amplifying the intended effect of stained glass windows themselves, as well as their impact upon individuals amid sacred architecture.