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Recollection of a Time IV 2004

Bruno Romanelli (born 1968, Yorkshire, England, UK)

Recollection of a Time IV
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of Adrian Sasson, London

After studying Glass at Staffordshire Polytechnic, Romanelli went on to the Royal College of Art. He spent some time working with Colin Reid, acknowledged master of cast glass. Romanelli’s signature motif is that his glass sculptures all incorporate a cast from part of his own body. Here the impression of the artist's face is subtly positioned at the top of the triangular column. The casting process introduces whispy ‘veilings’ – formed when layers of glass meet – and delicate air bubbles. The resulting effects are poetic – the resemblance to smoke or ice is ethereal and contemplative. Romanelli says, “The body was once there but now only the ‘memory’ remains... As the viewer moves round the piece, his perception of the form changes due to the polished angles and reflecting internal surfaces which distort the image - much as memories are distorted by time.”

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Adrian Sasson at the first COLLECT exhibition held at the V&A, London, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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