lisa swerling: glass cathedrals lisa swerling: glass cathedrals
jul 31, 2011

lisa swerling: glass cathedrals

‘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.

‘glass cathedrals’ will next be on display at the origin contemporary craft fair in london this september. see designboom’s coverage of the show here.

‘all the days’ (detail)


‘unplugged’ detail


‘evergreen’ detail

‘the night job’

‘the night job’ (detail)

‘a woman’s work’

‘a woman’s work’ detail

  • I have seen the same style in a international exhibition in Paris to 2003

    delo says:
  • Awesome[url=],[/url] like this expo

    Bum says:
  • hi Lisa (the artist) here – thanks for posting. Many of your titles are in the wrong places…guess it makes it more interesting!

    Lisa says:
  • hi lisa, thanks for the heads up! titles have been corrected.

    joyce db says:
  • great concepts and realisation!!

    picasso says:
  • I like this a lot.
    (But I have already seen something very, very similar in the work of Liliana Porter.)

    elenamelens says:
  • i really like ‘a womans work’ it looks like how i feel trying to clean the house after the weekend

    Amanda c. says:
  • great minds think alike, I often thought of things to do decades ago and found others doing them, even when I HADN’T executed them, artists are like that. Something triggers images and it does so in more than one person, considering the size of the artistic pool…….

    AbuelitaRomo says:
  • There are a lot of artists doing this right now. My favorite happens to be Christopher Boffoli. You can see his little blip on Facebook here – – very similar.

    Tine0581 says:
  • glitter! <333

    stacie says:
  • wonderfull poetical pictures

    pb says:
  • This is glorious work – It’s given me a lot of pleasure

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