Mount Stuart is delighted to announce a major commission of new work by Lucy Skaer, and will be featured in their 2013 Visual Arts programme.
Taking as her starting point the wealth of architecture featured at Mount Stuart, Skaer will create a sequence of site-specific works that will be placed in various rooms: the Marble Hall, the Conservatory, Drawing room, Library, Chapel.
John Ruskin wrote that Gothic architecture places emphasis on innovation, not only on the part of the architect, but also on the improvisation of the maker: ‘They were capable of perpetual novelty. The pointed arch was not merely a bold variation of the round, but it admitted of millions of variations in itself… The introduction of tracery was not only a startling change in the treatment of window lights, but admitted endless changes in the tracery bars themselves.’
Taking the neo-gothic architecture of Mount Stuart as an invitation to extend and respond, Skaer produces a series of sculptural interventions that grow from the visual language of the house. The sculptures connect the materials, gestures and forms of the house, improvising a contemporary interface to a historic setting.
* A talk will be held by Lucy this weekend - Sunday, June 23, at 3pm at Mount Stuart. Booking is advisable, and arrangements can be made by phoning (01700) 503877.