Exhibition South Transept - Rachel Laycock 'Note to Self'
It is language, discourse and the process of negotiating meaning and truth, which informs my work. The act of penetrating glass forms with fragments of text is literally and metaphorically an act of vitrification, transforming the everyday speech that passes between us.
I am interested in the ways that we make and remake ourselves by creating objects out of our lived experience. Using writing to heal, turning scribbles, thoughts and mental nonsense into pieces of sculpture. All as a way of escaping and taking control of the moment, trying to define the intangible. In rendering these thoughts and phrases as crystalline forms they are frozen and offered up for more careful consideration. Text is used as decoration, to both disguise and articulate the glass pieces, but it also enables the work to speak of issues beyond the purely aesthetic.