Wood Work by Karen Ryan

Milan 08: designer Karen Ryan installed her Wood Work lighting installation made from wood and acrylic offcuts at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

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The assemblages were lit with independent lamps also made from offcuts which could be moved around the composition, altering the shadows and reflections.

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"I use discarded materials in my work out of necessity, poetry and politics," says Ryan.

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See more work by Karen Ryan on Dezeen:

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Here's some text about the project from Ryan:

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‘WOOD WORK’ Lights — a series in offcuts by Karen Ryan

‘WOOD WORK’ Lights is an intuitive response in my own obsessions, derived from my fascination and intrigue with offcuts and their inherent beauty. An intrigue that started at school in my wood work class as I conformed in the making of a coffee table with a tiled insert top, practising my skills with mortise and tenon joints while day dreaming of unstructured structures.

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These unstructured structures that I have made with wood and Perspex offcuts are lit externally by light boxes that can be placed anywhere, creating multiple reflections both in colours and forms.

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‘WOOD WORK’ Lights contain the negatives discarded by other designer makers and artists. The accidental; the unwanted; the discarded is my starting point.

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