Having spent part of her childhood living in a museum, glass artist Effie Burns has always been fascinated by how things are protected, curated and ultimately displayed.
Her Undercover series explores the beauty inherent in duality, exploring the play of opposites has become a central theme of her work. Often casting ordinary things like broccoli and other natural matter to create extraordinary cast glass landscapes, where things are not always what they seem. The contrast of the natural against manmade creates a tension and balance that is also important. The work miniaturises an entire landscape and brings it into a domestic interior. The scale draws the attention of the viewer and leaves room for their imagination.
Effie works with cast and polished glass and antique glass domes. Inspiration for the decorative details in her work comes from a range of sources from Jacobean textiles to Medieval paintings. The way in which light and shadow transforms the glass is also integral to the effect it has on the viewer.
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