The Glass Prize 2017
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SOPHIE LONGWILL

Name of Work:"Release"
Third Line:Bullseye Glass Artists 2020

"Release"

‘Release’ is part of an ongoing series called ‘Let’s Hook Up’ which I began in 2016 in response to the 8th amendment laws in Ireland and the taboo nature of the female body and sexuality. The pieces are glass illustrations of underwear, they capture the moment after these last items of clothing are taken off. Glass is the perfect medium to explore this dynamic of power and vulnerability, it is a seductive substance with a contradictory nature - both fragile and dangerous. It has an emotive quality which serves to accentuate the powerful underlying messages presented in its artistic use. I often use humour in my work to broach difficult subject matters- while ‘Release’ captures that relief of taking off a bra after a long day, it is also a product of shared experiences, of opening up and revealing long-held secrets.

Type of glass used: Bullseye

Type of kiln used:

United Kingdom

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