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Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry creates challenging sculptural artworks from glass that reference Ireland’s rich textile heritage.

Working with the ancient glass casting technique of pate de verre, she has developed a way to cast antique christening robes, recreating them in ‘fabric thin’ glass. The original robe is burnt away in the kiln leaving the glass formed in its place, creating a delicate but haunting reminder of what was there before.

For Lowry, the nature of the glass piece embodies the fragility of the very memory it captures. Frances McDonald writes: ‘Textiles may have provided the narrative… powerfully expressed through the language of glass… strong and fragile, as well as being a poignant reminder of the vulnerability of life.’

The installation Fallen Woman explores the legacy of the Magdalene laundries in Ireland, into which tens of thousands of women were incarcerated.

Alison Lowry, Home Babies, 2017, Pate de verre, flock, 72 x 46 x 25 cm, Photo: Glenn Norwood