I was commissioned early in 2019 by Calder Flower Architects to make artworks incorporating mid century leadlight windows from a soon to be demolished and rebuilt old aged care facility in Turrumurra. They wanted the saved windows to be repurposed into an artwork, possibly sculptural so I decided to use LED light boxes set within three wall pieces.
The windows were the original leadlights set into the west facing ramped corridors of Nazareth House, built in 1964. Afternoon sun would beam and reflect through the coloured glass.
These mid century hand made windows are unique for their high quality. Each pane was individually blown resulting in bespoke imperfections – undulations and air bubbles and also darker and richer colours than normally seen in windows of the period.
Approaching the creation of these three works and keeping in mind the affection the residents had for the leadlights, I arranged the glass panels and laid them out in the sun with the idea of repurposing and re-placing them in the new contemporary space. The colours fell into place and created a rainbow effect. I’ve used light boxes to recreate the idea of sunlight passing through glass and painted the surrounding sections as oblique reflections expressing refracted afternoon light.
Susan O’Doherty 2019