The 2014 contribution to Mount Stuart’s long-running Contemporary Visual Arts Programme was launched on Sunday.
Lorna Macintyre’s Four Paper Fugues comprises four separate installations, with three pieces in each, reflecting the seasons of the year and inspired by the ‘occuli’ in the house’s stunning Marble Hall.
The artist led a guided walk through the house and grounds to explain the thinking behind her creations, beginning at the rarely-visited Boathouse on the shoreline and continuing in the Marble Hall, the ledges next to the adjacent Marble Staircase and the conservatory on the first floor of the main house.
The sculptures make use of a variety of often unusual materials including three steel I-beams, platinated aluminium saved from a butcher’s shop, copper sheeting and three prints made in ‘cyanotype’, an early form of photography.
“I’m really interested in the interplay between physical materials and more ethereal elements such as light, tide and space,” she told her audience on Sunday’s walk, “and the way they create something over which we have no control.”
The installation will remain on show at Mount Stuart until the end of October.