Helen Maurer at The Venice Glass Week


Helen Maurer Looking Out and In Again 2022
Projection: variable dimensions
Float and diachroic glass, glass fragments and mixed media, LED spotlight and turntable. Installation view by Oskar Proctor

Danielle Arnaud Venice is pleased to present Helen Maurer's kinetic glass and light installation Looking Out and In Again (2022) at Palazzo Loredan as part of the Venice Glass Week.

The work is inspired by the 'Wardian Case', a glass terrarium invented in 1829 that changed the way plants could be successfully transported from one country to another. As the spot-lit glass house revolves on a turntable, the panes reflect around the room, deconstructing and drifting apart before reconstructing again.

The Venice Glass Week is an international festival founded in 2017 to celebrate, support, and promote the art of glassmaking, for which the Lagoon City of Venice has been renowned around the world for over 1,000 years. The seventh edition of the festival will take place from 9th to 17th September 2023.

The Venice Glass Week is promoted and organised by Comune di Venezia, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, LE STANZE DEL VETRO - Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and Consorzio Promovetro Murano.

For further information, please visit www.theveniceglassweek.com


Installation view

Helen Maurer (based in London) is  an artist and educator, working primarily with glass, light and sound to create site-specific installations. In her practice glass acts as a catalyst or a 'transformer'. Playful and experimental, Maurer casts light through it, animating it, to discover something new and unexpected. She often uses 'found' or secondhand objects and natural materials and is interested in illusion and scale, finding new ways to create the macro out of the micro. Having spent many years living on a boat, water and reflection are also recurring themes within her practice.

She studied Fine Art and Theatre at Brighton College of Art, Stained Glass at Central Saint Martin's where she was awarded a fellowship, before completing an MA at The Royal College of Art. She is a former Winner of the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Glass; The Glass Sellers Award (highly Commended) and the Bombay Sapphire Prize (short-listed) and was the recipient of Deloitte & Touche student prize for excellence at the RCA.

Her work is represented in private and public collections including The Arts Council of Great Britain and The Crafts Council Collection; The Matt Collection and The Royal Geographical Society. She has exhibited nationally and internationally selected shows include: Solo Show Danielle Arnaud Venice 2022; Yokai Solo Show, White Conduit Projects, London, 2022; Maker’s Eye Craft’s Council Gallery, London, June 2022; Group Show Danielle Arnaud, 2020; A Trick of the Light Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Oct 2019; Art of Glass National Centre of Craft and Design and National Museum of Scotland, 2018; Clarity National Glass Centre, May 2015; British Glass Biennial Ruskin Glass Centre, 2015; UKGLASS Glazenhuis, Belgium, 2014; Solo Show Danielle Arnaud, June 2013; Glass Games Contemporary Glass Society, London, 2012; Fragil Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vincente, Sergovia 2008; Solo Show Pumphouse Gallery, London; Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham and Danielle Arnaud, 2006; British glass Biennial Ruskin Glass centre, 2004; Jerwood Glass Prize Crafts Council, London (touring) 2003; Solid Air Crafts Council Gallery, London, 2002. Public commissions include: re Connected re Creation, commissioned by Illuminate York for Holy Trinity Church in York, 2016; From Page to Pavement, a sound installation for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and Commission for the Royal Holloway College, Egham. Private commissions: UK, France.

Maurer has completed several Artist Residencies in schools, and teaches part time at The Mary Ward Centre, London. She is a Visiting Tutor at University of the Arts, London and The Royal College of Art and has run master classes at Northlands Creative, Scotland and Bildwerk, Germany.