‘all the days’ by lisa swerling, as a part of her ‘glass cathedrals’ series
images courtesy of lisa swerling
south africa born, california based artist lisa swerling creates ‘glass cathedrals’: these glass-fronted boxes feature
scenes with hand-painted miniature figures, sourced from railway sets and architecture models.
beginning this project while studying at central saint martins in london, swerling draws from an episode in the book
‘oscar and lucinda’ by peter carey, in which a life-size glass church is seen floating down a river, while a trapped dragonfly
collides against the walls trying to escape, blind to the concept of glass. ‘glass cathedrals’ thus uses scale to draw perspective
on the limitations of human understanding, mirroring experiences that capture a range of universal themes in everyday life
such as children, marriage and travel.
‘all the days’ (detail)
‘the night job’
‘the night job’ (detail)
‘a woman’s work’
‘a woman’s work’ detail