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Abigail Reynolds: Flux

In 2019 the artist Abi­gail Reynolds set out to change a Cor­nish beach into glass. Flux shows the glass she made with a film doc­u­ment­ing the process.

09/04/22 – 12/06/22
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:30 – 17:00
Monday, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:30 – 17:00
"When I realised that seaweed was once used as a flux in glassmaking, I was seized by the idea that a beach could be turned into glass.

The beach is a threshold, the moving line between land and sea. Glass is also an indeterminate threshold between fluid and solid states of matter, and this is something of its magic. " Abigail Reynolds

In 2019 the artist Abigail Reynolds set out to change a Cornish beach into glass. Her exhibition Flux shows the glass she made using only the simple materials of seaweed and sand. Alongside the glass, displayed as mouth blown roundels, the artist shows her film, which documents the glass-making process. For this exhibition Reynolds has additionally produced a large-scale woodcut print of kelp; the seaweed mixed with beach sand used to make the glass, and a book titled Flux: Glass from sand and seaweed (2022).

Having spent a summer gathering sand and seaweed, a furnace was built at Kestle Barton in September 2019 to melt them to glass at an event titled Estover, a word which refers to ancient rights to take ‘that which is necessary’ from the land. Continuing themes established at Estover, Abigail considers the value of labour, and how we can change our relationship to the land by looking through the lenses of different narratives.