A sense of wonder

The GAC was invited by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2006 to commission art for the public atrium of the purpose-built British Embassy at Sana’a in the Yemen.

The Interview with Jenny West

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In this interview (image 1) with the GAC’s Curator of Information Chantal Condron, the commissioned artist Jenny West, discusses her site-specific sculpture featuring over 1000 suspended plumb bobs (images 2, 3 and 4). During the early stage of the project, West discussed her ideas with the architects of the building, Design Engine Architects as she wanted the work to be a sensitive and subtle response to the space and the light within the building. She made the decision to use the repeated motif of a white plumb bob within a clear geometric form in part to echo the minimalist sensibility of the Islamic-influenced architecture.

Jenny West was born in Staffordshire, England, in 1957. She studied at Falmouth College of Art (1975–78) and the Royal College of Art (1978–80). West trained as a sculptor and her works often involve flat, screen-like objects suspended in space. Her work has been represented in many group shows including ‘Marks in Space’ – Usher Gallery, Lincoln, (2004); Jerwood Drawing Prize (2005) and at the Impressions Gallery, Bradford (2008). She had a solo show at the Hart Gallery in London in 2005. She also has work in several public collections including the Arts Council, the Henry Moore Centre at Leeds City Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.