Hinterland

Starszakowna, Norma (2004) Hinterland. Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Scotland.

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Abstract

Commissioned by arts commissioning body Art in Partnership, on behalf of Scottish Parliament, following international competition, ‘Hinterland’ was permanently installed in the new Scottish Parliament Building designed by Enrico Miralles. The installation comprises 18 individual sections of digitally printed translucent organza, taking up some 7 x 3 metres. Each was subsequently screen printed on both surfaces with heat-reactives, glaze and various media, creating a palimpsest of translucent filmic imagery, visceral erosions of three-dimensionally embossed textures and active oxidised surfaces. These methods created a physical, visual continuum that reflected research undertaken in Scotland’s political, social and physical landscape, its cultural history and tradition of innovation in the sciences, engineering, education, economics and philosophy. The sections range through Celtic origins in Dalriadha to ‘the clearances’; the agriculture and industrial smelt of the lowlands, to the evanescent light of the periphery; the genius, inventions, and illustrious silvered names of the Enlightenment period and beyond. Suspended at right angles from a curved wall, and graduating in width from 15cm to 60cm, each individual section is ‘readable’ from either back or front. These stratagems allow differing viewing perspectives and refraction of light throughout the installation, echoing the inherent qualities of evanescent light, shadow and opacity of Scotland’s varied history. ‘Hinterland’ has been extensively featured in media and publications, including Selvedge April 2005, published Selvedge, ISSN 1742-254X; CRAFTS, published British Crafts Council, pp.27/8 Issue 192 Jan/Feb 2005, issue 204 Jan/Feb 2007; Modern Carpets and Textiles, published HALI, p.33 spring 2006; Telos Art Publishing, Scottish Parliament and SAC websites; the monograph Portfolio Collection: Norma Starszakowna, ISBN 1-90201595-9 and Art Textiles of the World: GB 3, ISBN:978-1902015-16-3 published Telos Art Publishing December 2005 and 2006; Surface Design, Summer 2006, published Surface Design Association (USA) and Silk, by M. Schoeser, published Yale University Press 2007 ISBN 978-0-300-117417.

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Additional Information:Commissioned by arts commissioning body Art in Partnership, on behalf of Scottish Parliament, following international competition, ‘Hinterland’ was permanently installed in the new Scottish Parliament Building designed by Enrico Miralles. The installation comprises 18 individual sections of digitally printed translucent organza, taking up some 7 x 3 metres. Each was subsequently screen printed on both surfaces with heat-reactives, glaze and various media, creating a palimpsest of translucent filmic imagery, visceral erosions of three-dimensionally embossed textures and active oxidised surfaces. These methods created a physical, visual continuum that reflected research undertaken in Scotland’s political, social and physical landscape, its cultural history and tradition of innovation in the sciences, engineering, education, economics and philosophy. The sections range through Celtic origins in Dalriadha to ‘the clearances’; the agriculture and industrial smelt of the lowlands, to the evanescent light of the periphery; the genius, inventions, and illustrious silvered names of the Enlightenment period and beyond. Suspended at right angles from a curved wall, and graduating in width from 15cm to 60cm, each individual section is ‘readable’ from either back or front. These stratagems allow differing viewing perspectives and refraction of light throughout the installation, echoing the inherent qualities of evanescent light, shadow and opacity of Scotland’s varied history. ‘Hinterland’ has been extensively featured in media and publications, including Selvedge April 2005, published Selvedge, ISSN 1742-254X; CRAFTS, published British Crafts Council, pp.27/8 Issue 192 Jan/Feb 2005, issue 204 Jan/Feb 2007; Modern Carpets and Textiles, published HALI, p.33 spring 2006; Telos Art Publishing, Scottish Parliament and SAC websites; the monograph Portfolio Collection: Norma Starszakowna, ISBN 1-90201595-9 and Art Textiles of the World: GB 3, ISBN:978-1902015-16-3 published Telos Art Publishing December 2005 and 2006; Surface Design, Summer 2006, published Surface Design Association (USA) and Silk, by M. Schoeser, published Yale University Press 2007 ISBN 978-0-300-117417.
Keywords:Exhibitions, Textiles, Graphic design, Screen printing
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W231 Textile Design
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:1341
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:11 Oct 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:18

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