Liz West:Our Colour Reflection

1 February - 1 March 2018Chester Cathedral

In February 2018 visitors to Chester Cathedral had a unique opportunity to see Liz West’s beautiful “Our Colour Reflection” installed in the Chapter House. Liz West’s work is powerful and immersive, experimenting with the relationship between light and colour, heightening sensory awareness in the viewer and provoking a deep emotional response.

Following the huge success of the Ark Exhibition of modern sculpture in summer 2017, the Gothic architecture of the cathedral’s Chapter House provided the perfect setting for Our Colour Reflection.

Our Colour Reflection by international Artist Liz West created a conversation between the viewer and the Chapter House using hundreds of mirrors made of coloured acrylic.

Installing Our Colour Reflection is a carefully choreographed process. Over 700 mirrors in 15 colours and 4 sizes are precisely placed on clear acrylic plinths to gradually fill the space. Chester Cathedral’s medieval Chapter House with its Gothic architecture and soaring stained glass windows is the perfect location for this ambitious and visually dramatic work. Shimmering colours are reflected on the walls and ceiling, changing in intensity with the light. This time lapse, filmed over 3 days, captures both the process and the beauty of Our Colour Reflection.

About Liz West

Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works.

“The fact that Our Colour Reflection is coming to Chester Cathedral feels like, for me, it’s coming home. I want to see it in a place of worship, where people go and spend time and maybe look at it differently than when it’s in an art gallery context. I also wanted to use natural light, as all my work prior to this had used artificial light, so this is my first work unplugged. I think, from what other people have told me in the past, the more you look at it, the more time you spend with it, the more you see.”

– Liz West

Installation timelapse video:

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Videos courtesy of Veracity Digital

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