Just ask budding British designer Bethan Laura Wood, whose colorful sculptural musings on London’s East End and Mexico City, “Zigzag: Crisscross”, were on show on the top floor of The Aram Gallery on Drury Lane near Covent Garden in WC2 during LDF 2013.
And Wood’s work was more than worthy of the sizeable, wood-floored space it was afforded. Taking inspiration from urban environments and influenced by her own travels, this special showcase found her experimenting with materials — Cachetada-esque, lollipop-shaped sugars amongst them — to create sparkling, funky and functional works that reflect the vibrancy of the bustling British and Mexican capitals.
Honing in on the unheralded architectural aspects of London’s East End — scaffolding, awnings and exterior fire exits — Wood created interpretations of miniature buildings, high-rises and landscapes designed to contain and display objects in the home. Mexico City’s Aztec-meets-Art-Deco styled buildings, meanwhile, were represented as colorful camouflage towers that played with transparency and light.
Drawing gazes in particular were the pipe-shaped extrusions of ‘floating flowers’, constructed from smoked Pyrex, kiln glass, crown-mirrored bulbs and brass.
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