Streetwise II

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Alison Kinnaird
Born Edinburgh, 1949

‘Streetwise II’, 2004
14 engraved glass panels, linen, wooden light box, optical fibres and dichroic filters

Purchased 2004 from The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
Purchased with funds from the Contemporary Art Society’s Scottish Arts Council lottery funded National Collecting Scheme for Scotland, with support from the National Fund for Acquisitions
Museum number 2005-5

Alison Kinnaird has long been one of Scotland’s leading glass engravers. She has recently developed her work using colour and new technology.

The ingenious lighting method was inspired by the use of coloured gels in theatre spotlights. Optical fibres from a concealed light source shine through coloured slips of dichroic glass to provide integral coloured light. This is a dramatic departure from the cool effect of traditional engraved glass.

The nocturnal urban landscape provides a lively narrative of city life. With figures, graffiti-like inscriptions, fascinating shop windows and neon lighting, the overall effect is theatrical.

Streetwise II
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