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Freeblown glass, etched
Desire is the beginning of a new series of work by Louis Thompson that stems from a long-standing interest in expressing ideas beyond the purely visual. “I want to make pieces that enrich the visual experience with a physical one. I am encouraging a closer, more intimate inspection of these objects that arouse the longing to touch the pieces.”
The forms reference the human body- touching and feeling, folds, creases, bumps, curves and the interplay of the hand on a surface. The pieces are lightly textured giving them a skin-like quality. Colour, too, plays a significant part in these new pieces. The colourways are bright, vivid and bold and saturated in colour to make them very intense.
The use of richly coloured opaque glass gives the pieces a satin-like finish stripping away their glassiness. Louis Thompson is a highly regarded artist working in glass. His artworks can be found in museum collections in Japan, Germany and the USA. He has completed prestigious residencies in Belgium, USA and most recently in the Maldives.