Roger Thorp is a British artist born in London in 1955. He currently lives and works in Cornwall.
'Blue in Amber' consists of two multimedia installations.
Firstly ‘Blue in Amber’ (from which the exhibition takes it's title) takes loose and partial inspiration from a recently discovered 100-million-year-old chunk of amber which was found in Myanmar containing the head, neck, wing, tail and feet of a hatchling. It was just a few days old when it fell into a pool of sap oozing from a conifer tree. The installation is a small room lit and glowing amber and bathed with two tracks of ambient sound. The viewer is perhaps reminded of a setting sun, then drawn in to a small floating blue projected moving image.
The second installation, titled ‘In Fields of Grace’ consists of a large white fountain, with running water, placed in the centre of a room, created from English lime and Spanish cement. The flowing fountain stands before a monotone moving projection derived from still images captured on a epiphanic journey to a pastoral Tuscan hillside made by Thorp in 1982. A French mountain, a poster of the planets found abandoned on the floor in Rome, montaged with the notes from a music script found in a shop window in Paris, an industrial road, a meadow, a clocktower all feature amongst a plethora of fleeting experiences that mark this rite of passage. The sound of the fountain merges with an audio track of birdsong, a tolling bell and the voices of distant children at play, all recorded in Continental Europe.
Fountains in the Middle Ages were associated with the source of life, purity, wisdom and innocence.
Thorp says : "Born today we appear to be removed from simple truth. Water is god, just as the sun is god. What else really matters? In this work I hope to create a visceral atmosphere that communicates this. Water is beauty itself and without it nothing can exist."