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Elliot Walker

Lives and works: London
Exhibitions: IN:SIGHT (2018)
“Glass is a concept as well as a material; it has a life of its own. Coaxing a form out of the liquid glass is unlike working with any other material.”

Fascinated by the ability of glass to trick and subvert the viewer’s visual experience, psychology graduate Elliot embarked on a journey to bring the medium to life.

Inspiration

The London-based sculptor developed a passion for the subject by creating stained glass windows as a hobby. Now working alone and with artist Bethany Wood, his work incorporates traditional still life painting and personal memories.

He uses a technique called massello, whereby the pieces are modelled from a cooling liquid. Until the very last second, the sculpture is a moving, living entity – frozen in time as the glass sets. This is not without its challenges, as temperatures can reach up to 1000 degrees.

Elliot says: “Glass is a concept as well as a material; it has a life of its own. The process itself is physically and mentally challenging – coaxing a form out of the liquid glass is unlike working with any other material.”

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