Cross makes both discrete objects and large-scale works and she is well-known for using diverse media, from found and constructed items to opera, photographs and film. For this exhibition, her focus is a series of substantial new sculptures, including a large bed carved in Carrara marble. Glance, the title of the exhibition, suggests both the visual and the physical: a look that can change vision or a touch that shifts one's trajectory, which can be fleeting and tentative, but at times have powerful consequences. This duality demonstrates Cross' interest in subtlety and nuance and is entirely appropriate for an artist whose use of language actively resists reductive circumscription.
Often beautiful and lyrical, always intellectually stimulating and physically arresting, Dorothy Cross' work can also be ludic and disturbing. Central to her practice are the major themes of time and the body, human time and geological time, transition, transformation and memory. Moreover, she has a particular interest in the natural world and our relationship to it, which makes her work particularly fitting for the rural idyll which is Roche Court. For Cross the natural world is a threatened territory of beauty, a place of constant change, it is this fluidity that inspires a series of strange and unexpected encounters. Based on the west coast of Ireland, a deep sense of place pervades Cross' work. Many of her pieces have previously incorporated objects found locally on the seashore, including boats and whale skeletons. However, these new works respond specifically to the exhibition space at Roche Court, which Cross refers to as a 'transparent bladder' connecting the house to the Regency orangery. Several of the works present a type of disembodiment and body fragments - finger-tips cast in gold, hands and feet cast in bronze, a gilded skull - suspended from the ceiling and grounded by circles of translucent alabaster on the floor.