Protesters: By Morag & David Reekie.
In this short series of work, David Reekie and Morag Reekie, a father and daughter team, have collaborated around the idea of protesters and some general themes of protesting in today’s society.
With these pieces we have combined glass making techniques that each of us has developed over the past few years. We have also combined our modelling skills and a shared use of colour whilst working on these figures.
Their spiky appearance indicates their anger at the society around them and the placards show the reason for their distrust of government and the establishment at this present time.. These are figures that are hard to handle and control and they want things to change!
De Britse beeldhouwer David Reekie (1947) neemt met zijn oeuvre een unieke positie in binnen de Britse glaswereld. Zo uitzonderlijk is het, terwijl zijn thematiek eigenlijk door en door Brits is. Zijn werk is verhalend en met een flinke dosis humor neemt hij ons sociale en politieke leven op de korrel door absurde situaties te ensceneren. Onschuldig en grappig op het eerste gezicht, bij nadere beschouwing scherpzinnig en doordacht. Door te werken met het 'mooie' materiaal glas, zet hij deze bewust gezochte dubbelzinnigheid op scherp. Al sinds decennia weten verzamelaars en liefhebbers dit prikkelende werk dan ook hooglijk te waarderen.
"I am driven by a desire to make things and during this making process I have the effects and qualities that glass can give me at the back of my mind. There are elements of both design and decoration in my work and because I use the human figure I find it relatively simple to introduce a narrative which suggests any particular theme or idea I am working on.
Politics and how society affects our lives is always a constant influence. In my current work I am investigating relationships. By using the juxtaposition of the figures, facial expressions, especially the position of the eyes and the angle of the head I try to indicate subtle nuances in our relationships with each other. I combine all these influences in my drawings and these eventually filter through to the work.
Casting and lost wax casting are my main techniques and I find these processes allow me to explore and develop my ideas even before I touch the glass. By modelling in clay and wax I have the freedom to gradually build my ideas and change things as I go along. I have also develop the use of ceramic enamel colours that I can use both in the glass itself and on the mould surface to create effects that mirror those in my drawings."