- Website: http://www.rebeccanewnham.com
Rebecca Newnham sculpts in glass, bronze, fiberglass; installations float, are kinetic or static.
Rebecca Newnham works predominately as a sculptor and designer; current work illustrates scientific concepts such as energy transference. Her materials lead approach is informed by an understanding of glass, bronze, concrete, fiberglass, although she specialises in glass. She is a maker and creates her own work with assistants and in collaboration with structural engineers. Sculpture can be static or kinetic, some float or suspend or rotate.
Rebecca Newnham first exhibited in Salisbury Cathedral in 2010 and co curated ‘Reflection’ at Salisbury Cathedral in 2016. Nine artists who work with glass, including Rebecca, were invited respond to the context of the space. Rebecca’s work follows on from the last series shown in 2010 and also marks a new departure, a creative leap in her practice. Rebecca was asked to co curate because she has a passion for glass and is enthusiastic to promote glass and skilled glass makers.
Simultaneously in 2016, Rebecca had a significant body of work, 10 groups of sculpture, at Doddington Hall.
In December 2015 Rebecca moved to Bournemouth and built a new studio very close to the sea in early 2016. The digital arts community in Bournemouth became a significant influence and in particular her collaboration with film maker, Lizzie Sykes. The two met at an inaugural exhibition at Rebecca’s new studio and house, which included the work of other artists and makers. By projecting film onto sculpture they are challenging the concept of the screen and encouraging active, 360 degree viewing on the move with an exciting creative collaboration celebrating sculpture, glass, film, dance.
Sustainability and best practice is on all of our agendas, and Rebecca’s studio explores reuse of glass bottles in particular crushed as an aggregate in concrete or fused in a kiln. Years of research is now leading to exciting commissions reusing glass bottles to create artworks for the hospitality sector, in 2015 and 2016, and reusing glass to create artworks from materials with historical relevance. Soar is a sculpture cast in editions in bronze or with glass aggregate. It follows on from a series of work about flight and the energy required to elevate. The glass aggregate casts reuse imploded and graded bottle glass, sourced locally, in place of other aggregate; the glass sparkles in the light. HSBC have one in their collection.
- Categories: Installation/Land/Site-specific, Water, Kinetic/Mobile
- Materials: Bronze, Fiberglass/Plastic/Resin, Glass
- Location: South East