New Glass Sculpture Exhibit: Siobhan Healy presents ‘Ghost Orchids’
December 2, 2011 - March 4, 2012
In this sculpture display in the museum's Glass Flowers gallery, Scottish artist Siobhan Healy has created a subtle and thought provoking artwork that is inspired by the rare British wild flower- the Ghost Orchid (Epipogium aphyllum). The Orchid is depicted in transient and ethereal clear glass with the intention to encourage the viewer to reflect on the potential loss of this fragile species.
Healy is an artist who specializes in glasswork relating to rare species of wild plants. The idea of preserving and documenting plants permeates her work and the ghost orchid is an evocative emblem of the 1 in 5 of UK wild flowers that are threatened with extinction. The Ghost orchid is the most mysterious wildflower in Britain, the strangest, the most rare, and it was thought to be extinct 23 years ago. Recently the ghost orchid has reappeared in the UK. It’s sighting, initially kept a close secret, has electrified the British botanical community.
Siobhan Healy works with glass and light to create her unique artworks. She has received several awards, most recently the Creative Development Award from the Scottish Arts Council-Creative Scotland. Siobhan specializes in architectural glass commissions for public buildings and also sculptural artworks for galleries and public spaces.