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.