Previous AA2A Artist
Liz Waugh McManus
The AA2A scheme enabled me to access the metal workshop and foundry at NSAD to develop a series of sculptures I have been working on which distill and exaggerate botanical structures. As well as direct reference to plants, I have drawn on a range of visual and intellectual sources, from eighteenth century botanical works such as Thornton’s collection of engravings 'The Temple of Flora', Bosch’s fantastical plant symbolism, and contemporary cultural uses of flowers to mark rites of passage.
I wanted to explore the combination of bronze with cast glass, a material I have been using for five years. Access to the mould room and foundry complemented the facilities for kiln-casting which I have in my studio. The pieces which I made during AA2A focus on stages in the cycle of fertility, the bronze forming the containing structure for the more dynamic glass elements, which celebrate renewal and abundance.