Jean Bailey

Jean Bailey

With architectural glass, light may powerfully alter an environment or affect mood. I want to make work which allows people to be at ease in, but aware of, their environment.

Today, the images of communication technology often distance us from reality: the truer to life images are, the more difficult it is to see how much - or how little - they represent what is real. I use the reality
of the site, and images of that reality, in such proximity that the transition from one to the other presents a visual puzzle - however, one that is resolvable, by looking (Gower Window).

As part of a permanent structure, architectural glass should be life-enhancing. It can, for example, by tranquil (Upshire), vibrant (Gymnasts' Window), or dynamic (Light in Fllight), depending upon context. But custom may produce boredom, hence my interest in holography, where viewpoint and movement really affects the perceived image (City Plaza 1, Light in Flight).

Imagery: landscape, water, natural forms, light and music patterns for preference; but other sources may equally be grist to the creative mill.Influences
Aesthetic/Formal Concerns, Science/Technology, Environment/EcologyCareer path
1987 MA (RCA), Holography, Royal College of Art.
Holography: the possibility of combining all these elements in architectural glass - and the sheer excitement of the medium (now my main commitment).

1985 HND Architectural Stained-Glass, Swansea Institute.
Glass: the dynamic range of colour and light - its power to affect both place and mood; the use of reflection to combine reality and the illusion of reality, in such relationships that it is difficult to say where one ends and the other begins; the representation of infinite space.

1967 Intermediate Certificate, London School of Film Technique.
Subsequent career in audio-visual production for training.

1965 ATC, Hornsey College of Art.
1961 NDD, Painting & Printmaking, South West Essex School of Art.
Initially an interest in the possibilities of three-dimensional space created on a flat surface.

Other significant developments:

1996 Researcher, Swansea Institute, development of holographic facility (continuing)
1996/97 Special Award, Arts Council of Wales
1995 Residency, Swansea Institute
1989 British Society of Master Glass Painters
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Location Swansea, Wales