Nahhash

1978

28 cm long x 20 cm deep approx.

Cornish stone, optical glass prisms

Collection of the Artist.

Nahhash is the hindi word for serpent. The luminous liquid snake embraces the opaque crystal of stone. A meeting of opposites.

Prisms, which are products of technology and precision, a geometric form dictated by optic function, coupled with stones, the end results of the slow wear of time and geological change.

Heavy matter wrapped in light.

Prisms are like heads, transformation and control systems, as close to the dematerialised as possible. Prisms are precision tools of geometrical form and transparent luminosity destined to be anchored to a vision machine. Lijn has decided to attach them to stones like a necklace of light.

The Prism Stone series continues Lijn’s work exploring the possibilities in which extreme opposites can come together and embrace one another in a strange but fruitful synergy.

Photographs by Richard Wilding 2015