“I’m interested in how our minds interpret emotions - a combination of culture and memory, which converges from different areas of the mind. Through the exploration of colour, texture and form, I make glass vessels, which induce an emotional response in each viewer. In a way my vessels are manifestations of emotions.”
Edmond Byrne’s glass vessels reflect the present and resonate with the past. The narrative suggested through drawing and the creation of marks, provide him with inspiration while patina and cracks added to the glass surface are reminiscent of the weathering of ancient Roman glass.
In Byrne's 'Emotional Series', the five primal emotions of fear, happiness, sadness, anger and disgust are captured through a multi-toned translucent landscape where vessels are juxtaposed, clustered or placed inside one other. The effect is to create both a sense of containment and order as well as the notion of layered surfaces being slightly hidden or barely seen.
Edmond Byrne’s technique involves the creation of hand-made moulds, which are lined with materials such as clay, fabric, plaster and metal to create patinas and cracks on the surface of vessels.
Edmond Byrne is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin; the Royal College of Art, London and the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
He has exhibited widely in Europe and the US.