BOX GALLERY, | 01/09/2019 : 30/09/2019
Lu Mason has been making mobiles out of cut paper and also out of Perspex for ten years. She is particularly drawn to making shapes that move, that cast interesting and changing shadows and patterns. Lu loves the way that light passes through the tinted Perspex, creating a stained-glass like effect around the walls of the room where the mobile is hanging. She is also interested in the slow and balanced movement of the mobiles; these movements are intended to encourage relaxation and calm. Many of the design shapes in the mobiles are inspired by `1950’s artists, especially the work of Lucienne Day, Barbara Hepworth, and John Piper. Lu also makes boxes full of layers of Perspex shapes. These can be displayed on shelves, window ledges, or hung on walls, and have the same effect of casting coloured light shapes when the sun/directional light shines through. These boxes often feature repeated patterns, not unlike patterns on textiles. She often create installation work – installing her work in public spaces rather than galleries. These are usually constructed out of paper; the scale of the work changes according to space she is filling. The subject matter recently has been very varied, and has included weeds and wildflowers, cyclists, an airborne city, Coptic figures, life size costumed figures, and huge birds. In the Ropewalk Box Gallery Lu will be hanging a combination of Perspex and paper mobiles. They will be works that suit a domestic environment. Her vision is to fill the Box gallery with moving shapes that will intrigue and delight visitors.