Installations / Splinter

'Splinter' is a mixed-media artwork that takes the form of an explosion of 35 acrylic shards of different sizes hovering in space. It is as if we are caught in that single frame of a second when glass or smashed ice, the fraction of time before we hear the sound.

Title: Splinter
Date: 2014
Dimensions: 3m x 3m
Material: Acrylic and programmed light
First exhibited: Cube Gallery, Leicester 2014
Funding: Funded by Arts Council England, supported by the IOCT at De Montfort University

Esther Rolinson illuminates each piece of the Installation Art with a single colour-changing LED. The multimedia artist based her creative process on the notion of a plane of glass when it is shattering. It enables us to grasp an elapsed moment, capturing it through different angles and perspectives as we walk around the form. The ecstatic, energetic release of surface tension seen in slow motion. The behaviours of the LEDs create a complex variety of fluid and irregular movements. The pieces fluctuate in fades and pulses with muted changes in colour. At times the activity is intense and staccato, and at others, it diminishes softly into the darkness.

The effect of 'Splinter' is of the immediate aftermath of an explosion, and it is as if the shards are frozen in time and space, but only briefly, for the stillness is broken as the work begins to glow softly.

Light artwork Splinter - an Art Installation by Esther Rolinson
Light artwork Splinter - an Art Installation by Esther Rolinson
Light artwork Splinter - an Art Installation by Esther Rolinson

An artwork proposal developed in collaboration.

'Melt', 'Splinter' and 'Thread' are three related works. They are like energetic states changing from one to the next. First, in 'Melt', it is solid, then in 'Splinter' it breaks and energy is released. Third, in 'Thread', energy is dissipating to nothing.

The series 'Melt, Splinter and Thread' was developed in collaboration with Dave Everitt, Graeme Stuart, Sean Clark and Luke Woodbury. Four key collaborators who contributed to the lighting control technology and the programming of the control systems as well as the installation in the gallery space.

"I was uncertain of what it was about. Exploding or imploding? About something and nothing at the same time."