Exhibition made from glass to highlight the fragility of war

27 September 2014

Internationally known Scottish glass artist Alison Kinnaird will visit Aberdeen Art Gallery this Friday [28 November] to launch the showing of her installation, Unknown in the city's Cowdray Hall Memorial.

Unknown is the artist's response to the present state of conflict in many parts of the world in this centenary year of the 'War to end all Wars'.

Alison Kinnaird is one of the few artists keeping alive the ancient art of wheel-engraving which she combines with modern technology including water-jet cutting and LEDs which trap light within the glass.

Speaking about the work Alison said: "Glass seemed the perfect medium in which to represent the fragility of life in wartime. The army of glass figures are arranged in regimented rows. Each is an individual uniquely engraved but they represent a universal soldier. Each one could be someone's son, brother, father or friend. Amongst the soldiers are a few figures of men, women and children, representing the 'collateral damage' - the civilians who are inevitably caught up in conflict.

Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery manager said: "This is a very powerful and thought-provoking piece of work by one of the country's most important artists working in glass. We are very pleased to be able to host the installation in the Cowdray Hall Memorial to further mark the anniversary of the commencement of the First World War."

The installation has been displayed in the Scottish Parliament and in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh for Remembrance Week. The tour of Unknown is in association with Poppy Scotland, and is supported by Museums and Galleries Scotland, the Binks Trust and Lester and Mary Borley.