Earth and Æther
It has recently been our good fortune to work with Jane Poulton and Lin Holland, two artists in residence at Liverpool Cathedral.
They approached our studio to develop a small hand-out to go with their installation in the Cathedral as part of the Liverpool Biennial.
Photographer Barry Hale provided us with some remarkable pictures and the C3 Imaging Liverpool printed the job in just 6 hours via their digital Indigo press to meet the deadline for the opening event in the evening.
A further much larger print run is now in production.
This is from the leaflet:
Earth and Æther
In the centre of the Chapter House of Liverpool Cathedral sits a block of gilded red sandstone. Directly above it, apparently hovering in aerial space, is a mirrored house, archetypal in form, but without windows or doors.
Earth and Æther is a site-specific work that explores mans’ attempts, through the imbued sanctification of earthly objects, to approach a sense of the sublime.
The work responds to the fabric, decoration and spatial volumes of the Chapter House, utilising its height, floor space and shifting polychromatic light.
Its materials and forms – stone, gold, mirror, and ‘house’ – have aesthetic, symbolic and physical relevance within a religious setting. These elements, together with the contextual siting of the work, combine to explore variable contemplations on universal themes including substance and space, reality and faith, permanence and transformation.
Earth and Æther is the second artwork made for Liverpool Cathedral’s Chapter House by artists Lin Holland and Jane Poulton. The first, Untitled: Unknown, was made during their 2008 residency in the city’s two cathedrals, and was one of six site-specific works created for these iconic buildings.