Liz West commissioned for new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool
Liz West has unveiled a new permanent artwork Our Melody Unwound, made site-specifically for the vast atrium of the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool. West’s first two-dimensional wall-based work consists of hundreds of thousands of vibrantly coloured stripes in an optical arrangement collectively creating an immersive experience. This spatial work is based on West’s continuous research into colour perception, wellbeing and the phenomena of light.
Our Melody Unwound creates a new space within the building for exploration and discovery. It depicts and symbolises a physical and metaphorical meeting point of both colours and people within the space. Covering all the walls of the ground floor atrium, this immersive installation helps join together the different paths across the space. The visually rich multicoloured stripes collectively become softer and more gentle creating a mesmerising mass when viewed from all angles. Our Melody Unwound appears to change and morph as you move around the space. The work encourages you to follow the work around the space on a visual journey with different perspectives offering intriguing colourways and kaleidoscopic visuals.
Liz West comments about the new work; “This work is inspired by my knowledge of and empathy for the experience of cancer patients, as well as the architecture and interior design. Derived from nature, the colour palette aims to encourage positive associations, memories, and experiences of colour. I make these colour choices and arrangement instinctively and intuitively, experimenting in colour mixing and blending to focus on the interaction of colours, as well as carefully composing a spatial balance between geometric elements and forms. I hope people find that this luminous and considered mix of colours encourages a sense of wellbeing and brings joy.”