Stained Moons is an installation of light and shadow, evoking the eight phases of the moon. The images are found within the broken glass reclaimed from an abandoned and overgrown greenhouse. Stained glass. Stained by time. Each panel has been carefully chosen for the intricate patterns of lichen and dirt. The formation of the image is realised through a dual process. A selective and delicate removal of the patina leaves precisely formed spheres and crescents on the panels intact. In parallel, a constant interviewing, stacking and combining of the plates creates the image. The image of light and shadow, reflecting back to us from the Earth’s Moon. A series of optical instruments with carefully calibrated lenses and mirrors project the images onto delicate hanging screens. The elusive and distant moon is brought near.
“Years ago, we discovered some beautiful abandoned and derelict glass-houses and we became obsessed with the lichen and algae on the glass panels – a natural expression of time – it became a precious material for us. Light projections through the glass create silhouettes that evoke the lunar surface – another ancient symbol of chronology – the moon is an anchor of time.”