British Artist, Liz West has been awarded her first permanent London commission at Paddington Central. You can experience the intense impact of colour in this new radiant site-specific sculpture, Colour Transfer, a dazzling immersive chromatic commission spanning the underside of Paddington Centrals Westway Bridge.
The artwork comprises multiple angled coloured mirrors, vertically spanning the height of the brickwork to create an optically vibrant and kaleidoscopic installation. The prismatic shapes mirror the tunnels architecture. The colours apparent in the work change depending on where you are within the underpass. The work appears different from one direction to the other. The coloured mirrors are positioned in a spectral arrangement running from dark red to pale pink when entering the underpass from the left and the opposite when entering from the right. As visitors move, they will encounter the fluctuating effect of light and reflections created by the coloured mirrors.
Through her work, West aims to encourage a new way of seeing. Colour and light together help illuminate, therefore increase and heighten peoples individual visual perception and wellbeing. Vivid colour and radiant light are West's chosen mediums in which to create new, often site-specific, works of art. Within her immersive installations, she hopes to create new environments or enhance existing sites, using materials such as mirrors or pure saturation to help draw peoples attention to different spaces and elements of the architecture that they might not have noticed previously.
Colour Transfer by Liz West, is a new work commissioned by British Land and curated by Rosie Glenn for Paddington Central, London and is on permanent display under the Westway viaduct now. The work was completed and launched in June 2018. For further details about Colour Transfer and about the future projects please visit www.liz-west.com
Liz West is a British artist who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. Wests broad body of work encompasses wall-based artwork, sculpture, and site-specific installations.
West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. West's investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realised through an engagement between materiality and a given site. Our understanding of colour can only be realised through the presence of light. By playing and adjusting colour, West brings out the intensity and composition of her spatial arrangements.
West has been commissioned worldwide by institutions and organisations including Natural History Museum, National Trust, National Science and Media Museum, Natural England, Allied London, Grosvenor, British Land, Leftcoast, Bloc Projects, Salford University, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Eden Arts and Bristol Biennial. West's work has been included in exhibitions with Chester Cathedral, Compton Verney, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Cornerhouse, Brunel University, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK Young Artists and Royal British Society of Sculptors in the UK, as well as internationally at Kraftwerk Berlin and The Invisible Dog in New York. Permanent works are sited in London, Manchester and Bury. Her work has been widely published including by Wallpaper*, FRAME Magazine, The Creator's Project, Design Boom, Huffington Post, Colossal, Thames & Hudson, The Times and The Independent.