“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
- Anton Chekhov
The Moon, a familiar refrain, is observed through a different lens, this is an investigation of etching and engraving on glass.
Paintbrushes, stones, sanding discs, almost anything that came to hand, was used to create multiple effects on the glass.
On one side is a romantic image of the Man in the Moon … and the reverse describes the topography of the moon as you might see from a telescope, with all the lakes and craters we have come to recognise. The two viewpoints overlap to give the piece depth and greater dimension.
This is a two dimensional view of the Moon, which is after all what we perceive from Earth. However you may be left wondering how the Moon perceives us on Earth from up there!
This piece was made especially for Rachel Bebb's summer show 2018 at The Garden Gallery, themed 'THE UNATTENDED MOMENT'.
GLINT OF LIGHT ON BROKEN GLASS has a connection with the theme, a glimpsed reflection?
“For most of us, there is only the unattended
Moment, the moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply ..."
'Four Quartets' - 'Dry Salvages'
T. S. Eliot
The piece was bought from the show at The Garden Gallery, which runs from May until early July each year.
It is however, always possible to visit The Garden Gallery by arrangement, to view a host of beautiful works in a stunning garden!
Dimensions: Approx 100cm diam; 160cm H x 30cm deep
Medium: Etched, Engraved Glass on a Wooden Base
Edition size: UNIQUE
Collection: Private Collection