Glass Ceiling


Archival pigment inks on Hahnemühle photo rag
Frame, museum glass
950mmH x 680mmW
edition of 25

Series: Interior Frames

Drawing its audience inside the frame, the archival photograph Glass Ceiling describes an undulating field pulsing with imagination, emotion and meaning. Beneath the neo-classical arches of a towering Silo, a crystalline pool of aquamarine glass evokes a broken metaphor and a sublime scene. The once-was glass ceiling is smashed and silo-ed: set apart and isolated, prised open for inspection. A juxtaposition of title and image shifts the focus from an invisible obstacle above to the now palpable sum of its parts. In a visual paradox of light, transparency and darkness, an operating system is uncovered, and fortified by castle-thick walls.

Like the arches of an ancient Roman Forum, Glass Ceiling frames space for discussion and the exchange of ideas; equally a beautiful sensory space for meditation and healing, and a salient reminder of the forces of gravity and unbridled power. As an industrial scale monument, it proposes a memorial to the past and a foundation for a future with higher goals.