Glass artist Emma Woffenden is renowned for creating unnerving objects and installations, which suggest incidents that have just happened or are about to unfold. Her eerie, yet playful manifestations frequently build on the idea of ‘opposites’ – celebration and mourning, moving and still, medical and sensual.
She restaged a core group of made objects in glass, fibreglass and plastic, exploring how their meanings change according to their environment, and how the installation can draw out different aspects of each building – its proportions, its past uses, the changing and temporary occupation of exhibits.
As an artist, Woffenden has always been interested in emphasising the atmospheric mood swing within a location, and consequently has been invited to make site specific pieces for a number of unusual exhibition spaces. Fabrica’s ecclesiastical interior was her latest, and possibly most challenging. For the exhibition, the artist juxtaposed a swinging trapeze, glass bells, swathes of rope and moving image to create her most ‘dangerous’ scenario.